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Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit, weave and have picked up the sticks to needle knit, too! My patterns page links to Ravelry and I will answer questions about those. Maybe someday I will be back to write more. We will see where life takes me.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wedding shawl blooms

It's a shawl fit for a marriage. I absolutely loved knitting it. I sometimes avoided knitting it. It sparkles and shines. It's a little imperfect. But the bride wore it beautifully on her wedding day.

the wedding shawl
Dancing with Dad

My sister asked for something not white and beaded. So first, the yarn. I was initially torn between Interlacements' 12-Ply Frizz for its green and Ray of Sunshine for its sheen. But I dropped both in favor of Sweet Feet. It had the light and dark greens plus the elasticity desired for all those knit-togethers. It's the perfect combination of wool and shiny silk.

the wedding shawl
Sweet Feet plus beads

Knowing what their wedding flowers were ...

bridesmaid bouquet
Bridesmaid bouquet

I then found the perfect pattern. I chose the Hydrangea Petal Lace Shawl by Renee Van Hoy (from her Loom Knit Shawls: From Simple to Sublime e-book). I studied the pattern to find the perfect spot to add those beads. After a little trial and error, I nailed the center of each and every hydrangea flower.

the wedding shawl
Beaded flowers

For fellow loomers who would like to add beads to this pattern ...
On Rows 7, 17 and 31, slide bead onto the stitch on first K/K. If it's not perfectly centered on the right side, you might need to pop the bead through just one stitch to move it up or down.

If I tried this again, I might crochet on the beads instead of stringing them. I'm not sure if that is faster but it would be worth a try! I got a little tired of pushing down beads to get to the yarn, especially since I strung on more than I needed. Don't ask me how many — it was somewhere between 200 and 400 beads.

the wedding shawl

After a few repeats, I just loved how the flowers came together in this pattern. Lace just feels like magic sometimes. Renee does use some different abbreviations that I'm not used to. But they are outlined clearly in the Stitch Guide. You'll be repeating them a lot in a shawl so it comes naturally in no time.

the wedding shawl
The shawl laid nicely on the bride's shoulders without her tugging it back on or even tying it.

A couple of tips to keep in mind for happy knitting:
  • All knits are e-wrap! I tink'd back a few times when I accidentally reverted to my go-to u-wrap knit stitch.
  • In the first section, listen to Renee and add those markers as increases are made. I did not and I had to guess where they would have been so I could do the next section. Thus my hydrangeas grew a few extra petals (or leaves) for that middle section of shaping. Hey, the "enhancement" made it just a bit more airy for summer wearing. ;-)
  • If you already have this pattern, make sure you get the errata on Ravelry for Rows 31-37.
  • Block well and match the lengths on both sides if needed. 
the wedding shawl
The shawl was even dance-proof! 


  1. This was an absolutely perfect accessory for your sister's big day! What a super idea to add the sparkle of beads in the center of each hydrangea! I have this pattern book (Renee is a genious, isn't she?) and have been wanting to make this very shawl, so thank you so much for all the helpful tips, Tanya...yours came out fabulously! I love the idea that your sister will now have a lovely heirloom made by your very own hands and loom.:)

  2. Tanya, this is so beautiful, and it brought tears to my eyes to see your sister's wedding photos. What a lovely day it was, and how happy your sister looks. Adding beads to the flower centers is a wonderful touch. Thank you for sharing this special family day with us.

  3. That shawl came of beautifully! You did a great job on it and it looked so nice on her. Great job!

  4. Bethany ... thank you! The pattern is truly wonderful.

    Renee ... thanks for writing an amazing pattern. The hydrangeas were perfect for her day.

    And a third thanks to Ms./Mr. Anonymous. I love reading comments and it keeps me bloggin!

  5. What a beautiful bride! And oh yeah, that's a beautiful shawl too. :-)

    Seriously though, you've made a gorgeous heirloom for your sister (sis, right?). It looks downright useful in that lovely green, but with a bit of bling.

    Thanks for sharing your notes on how you did it. Your sister looks radiant!