I’ve cranked out 2 shawls in the past 5 weeks.

The first is Gail (Nightsongs).

Gail (Nightsongs)

Behold my wonderful shawl! And kickass owl curtain!

Whoa, am I insanely pleased as to how this one turned out!

It’s bigger than I intended – I worked 7 repeats of the pattern, didn’t have a lifeline, wasn’t keen on tinking back through double-decreases and the like, so I said, “Screw it,” fished out a ball of the same yarn in a different color left over from a different project, and what resulted is right here.

If you want to make this a small shawl that only takes 1 skein of sock yarn, work 5-6 repeats of the pattern.

Also – read through all of the notes for this project. It’s lovely, but it needs a little homework.

What I found helpful was adding a center stitch. Double yarn overs are just not my thing. They’re pretty, and if you can handle them, you’ve got greater knitting prowess than I.

It’s an amazing shawl, and I’m marking it as “will make again!”

The second shawl is the Calais shawl.

Calais Shawl

Great-looking shawl that's fantastic for beginners. AND LOOK! AWESOME CURTAINS!

I followed the directions exactly, and came up with a small shawl that was sized perfectly (for me). However, I do have about half a skein of Malabrigo Sock leftover. So, if you’re using Malabrigo Sock – go ahead and make it bigger. Or make a bigger edge.

This was the fastest shawl from start to finish. 5 days between cast on and blocking.


Sometimes I think I’m a bit OCD about knitting, but in reality, this was a very easy shawl to do – didn’t even need to carry the pattern around with me most of the time.

If you’re just starting out with the lace shawl knitting, I highly recommend this one.


About Baldeesh

I'm a crafty and creative person. I live in Chicago with my 2 cats. I survived the Blizzard of 2011. I make my own soap. I also make my own yogurt. I love travel - especially to England and Scotland.
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