A Tale of Two Shawls

Hi there! My name is Jess, and I work with Lisa (and several other awesome creative business owners) to help her plan and create content for her business. Today she’s letting me take over her blog to talk about my two most recent shawl projects!


The Plan

For my birthday and my daughter’s birthday this year, my amazing older sister planned a girl’s weekend to New York City for us. Of course I wanted to make her something special, so I decided on a shawl that she could either wear in New York at a show or take home with her for when the weather turns colder. As I got working on my plans, I decided it would be especially great to knit myself a shawl too, so that we could wear them together.

Of course, by this point it was midway through June and our trip was planned for July 27, so I had just about 6 weeks to finish two shawls! Could I make it? I knew the timing would be tight, for sure!


The Yarn

I wanted this project to be inspired by New York and our trip, so I purchased yarn from indie dyer Yarn Over New York. I got two skeins of her Deep Plum color, because purple is a favorite color for both my sister and myself; the yarn is a fingering weight that’s a blend of 75% Superwash Merino and 25% Nylon, 462 yards per skein.

Deep Plum from Yarn Over New York – this is her image from her Etsy shop

The Patterns

My sister and I are fairly different in some of our tastes. She’s tall, and prefers to wear longer scarf style wraps that can be tied in a variety of ways. I prefer an asymmetrical bias-knit triangular shawl because I like to wrap them around my neck bandana-style and I find they stay on pretty well in that shape.

Since I only had a single skein of fingering weight yarn for each one, I looked for a long wrap for my sister that would use up most of the skein. This turned out to be kind of tricky, because a lot of the scarves that could also be wide enough to work as a wrap need two skeins of yarn. However, I found one that I really loved: Passerine by Jen Lucas. I cast on and worked exclusively on this shawl from June 23 to July 17, whew! Just enough time to eke out a second shawl, or so I hoped!

My sister’s Passerine shawl

For my shawl I chose to make Wildheart by Janina Kallio because I loved how big it could be made from just one skein, and I am a fan of Janina’s other designs. I cast on July 18 and managed to wrap it up on July 25, just in time to block it before our trip!

My Wildheart Shawl


The Wrap-Up

I knew this was going to be a close project, and I was so happy to have finished it! I managed to make two very different shawls out of the same yarn, and I love how they turned out. My sister’s is a closer-knit gauge on smaller needles, with a fun design that can be easily dressed up or down. Mine is equally versatile but with a much looser, more mesh-like gauge. I know I will wear it all the time this fall with my usual “uniform” of jeans, t-shirts, and flats.

Which is a good thing, because – as it turns out – I completely forgot to bring my own wrap to New York with me! I left it on the floor of my office, still pinned to the blocking mats. (This is me, smacking my forehead with the palm of my hand.) Oh well, you know what they say about the best-laid plans, right? I still managed to give my sister her shawl, which was the most important part of this whole project anyway. I even borrowed it from her when we went to The Great Comet on Broadway, ha! And like I said, I’ll get plenty of wear out of my own shawl anyway, now that I’m back home.

Me on the left with my daughter and my sister


What about you? What are your favorite types of shawls to knit, for yourself or for others?