Sunday, October 22, 2017

Grenache Shawl

This shawl is named Grenache. It can be found in Berroco Summer Silk book #384. The designer is Alison Green. The pattern called for 5 balls of Berroco Summer Silk yarn. I had to order a sixth in order to finish, and my gauge was correct.

For a month now, I have planned to have another either wear the shawl so I could photograph it or take pictures for me. That has happened so here are selfies.  You'll have to trust me that the shawl looks better in person and with something besides a T-shirt on under it, even if the shirt's graphic is about knitting.

The yarn is a 45% silk, 43% cotton, and 12% nylon. Each ball is 50 grams, 240 yards. It feels heavenly. I will definitely use this yarn again.

I have made many smaller shawl (shawlettes?) that are colorful accents and may keep a bit of chill off if you're looking for function, but this shawl's size is wonderful is you are interested in a truly functional piece. 

The finished piece could almost have been worn without blocking. I pinned it to foam blocks and lightly steamed it overnight. 

The shawl begins with a garter stitch triangle that is most clearly seen in the first photo. This rolls over when you wear it as shown above or can just become part of the draped fabric if you wear it as shown in one view of the printed pattern.