FO: Stitch Sampler Shawl

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Seriously, I’ve had this thing washed and blocked for ages, but I just haven’t had the time to take/post pictures of it yet! With the summer temperatures still stubbornly hanging in there, I didn’t dare wrap up in its squishy warmth. Instead, I draped it over some furniture, hoping to still catch the beautiful stitch variations.

I think this is probably one of my favorite projects to date. I enjoyed the heck out of this yarn, and the different stitches really kept it interesting. My finished piece measured a whopping 66″ x 16″. It was supposed to be close to 60″ x 13″, but I think the extra length and width just makes it that much more cozy.

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Hopefully the weather will start to cool down soon. I just can’t wait to wrap up in this smooshy baby and read a book or drink some tea.

Heck, why not both?

Yarn: Caron Cakes in Chocolate Mint
Pattern: Stitch Sampler Shawl

WIP: Stitch Sampler Shawl

Technically, this should be an FO, I guess, but I have yet to weave in the ends and block it. We’ll just call it a WIP until I get all of that sorted out and get some good pictures of it completely finished. 😉

The whole thing started when I found some Caron Cakes at Michael’s in this great colorway. I bought two at 100g per cake without thinking about what I could make to use all that yarn. Eventually I decided on a shawl, something larger and cozier than my last one. After scouring Ravelry for a couple hours, I found the perfect pattern: Stitch Sampler Shawl by On This Day Designs!

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This pattern was so much fun to knit! It uses 4 or 5 different stitches, which keeps it interesting, and all of the stitches look great together. I really love how the striping of the yarn looks with the striping effect of the stitches as well! I decided not to be OCD and neglected to match the striping up to the beginning of each row. I wanted a sort of wabi-sabi look, I guess. (Or it could’ve been laziness…?)

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The pattern calls for Aran weight yarn, which is what Caron Cakes is supposed to be, and there was no gauge listed. It’s supposed to block out to 60″ x 13″, but I suspect that mine is at least that large unblocked. I got what I wanted though! Large and cozy~

Cooler weather should be rolling in next month, I hope. I can’t wait to wrap up in this on a crisp fall morning while drinking hot tea on my porch~

tl;dr

Yarn: Caron Cakes in Chocolate Mint
Pattern: Stitch Sampler Shawl by On This Day Designs