12 November 2014

Granny Wednesday - Half a Granny Square Shawl

Hello! It's that time of the week again! So I have been agonising over what to show you today. A bit of skirt progress? Or another WIP? I finally decided to go with another WIP and save the skirt for next week, but it's been a very close call!

To be honest, I feel a bit naughty showing you this WIP, as it's so near completion I should really wait until it's fully finished. But I am so excited by it that I can't wait till then. It's a shawl made from half a granny square. My inspiration came from this one, found on Pinterest. It took me a while to find a suitable yarn to work with but when I did, this is what it looked like:

Warm, rich colours so reminiscent of autumn, don't you think? The yarn is by Rico Designs, I think. All of it went into the shawl, which is more like a shawlette in size, to be honest. While I was making it, I enjoyed the colours, but wasn't actually too fussed about the triangular shape of the shawl, so I thought it would make a nice gift for someone or perhaps a giveaway on my Facebook page.

That was until I started the edging. I found a yarn in my stash that matched one of the purple hues, went on a Pinterest quest for pretty border ideas, set my heart on this one, and hooked away. The shawl transformed before my very eyes into a gorgeous, feminine, elegant and very much desirable clothing accessory. By the time, I was through row 2 of the edging...

...I kind of knew that the shawl would not be given away, and that I would selfishly make it mine. Sorry :D

One thing that has been annoying me since the first few rows is that one side of the top is rolling slightly upon itself...

But I plan on adding a row of UK dcs, and possibly one row of crabstitch, and I'll probably block the whole thing, which hopefully will resolve this tiny issue.

So far, I have done all three rows of the edging on one side, plus at the tip of the shawl.

I am very pleased with the look of this tip. This is quite literally the first elaborate border that I have ever made. Working the stitch sequence at the tip proved a bit of a challenge, and I definitely recommend this very simple trick

Anyway, I am now a little over half way through the edging, as you can see in the picture below:

The edging in the foreground is the complete one. It ruffles a bit and I think I may attempt some dreaded blocking to make it look a bit flatter. However, I've noticed that it hangs very nicely when the shawl is worn, so maybe I will not bother...

And that's it for another installment of the Granny Love Challenge! For more Granny Love, get to Jijihook's website. And as for me, I shall leave you with the promise of a more 'skirty' update to come next week.

Thanks for reading :)
See ya!


A little addendum post-publication, as I had a request about the earrings pictured above. Here's a clearer picture of them. They are lovely earrings but unfortunately quite heavy and therefore pulling on earlobes in quite an unflattering way... :D


  1. It's beautiful !! I like this colors ^^

  2. Love the colors, so bright !

  3. que c'est beau ces couleurs, vivement la suite!!

  4. j' adore tu utilises des couleurs vraiment très belles un châle magnifique !! beau travail !! a bientôt biz

  5. The colors and the edging are amazing! I saw the earrings too - is there another picture of them?

    1. Thank you Milena! I have added a picture with a better angle of the earrings :)

    2. Thank you for that enjoyment
      http://milenaplaces.blogspot.com/2014/11/half-granny-square-shawl.html - i'v posted your shawl.

  6. Thank you all SO much for your lovely comments! It is a joy tor eceive each and every one of them :) Take care xxx

  7. les couleurs sont sublimes !!!!!!! j'adore

  8. Beautiful colours!

  9. Your shawl is absolutely beautiful! The colours are delicious and I love that pretty edging!
    Helen xox