A Girl’s Best Friend Shawl

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Here I go again with another pink and green combo, or purple and green. It doesn’t matter–both speak the same language. I don’t know what the deal is with my fascination with pink/green and purple/green, but I have dubbed this style “granny eclectic” because my dear belated grandmother was a fan of these combos. Even after telling myself that I am sick of this flowers-in-a-field palette I continue to be drawn to it time and time again. Go figure.

When I decided to start a Girl’s Best Friend shawl last year as part of the KAL hosted by Ziawoolz (@paperdag on Instagram) I dug through my stash and turned up the colors below. For the main color I went with the purple, pink, green and orange eyeful from Olann: “Live Show” on Sock Lite. I then tried to select coordinating colors to enhance but also balance out the piece as a whole. The kelly green is Chromophore Yarns Azo Sock in the colorway “Frodo” (see the green bits in Live Show?) and for the lace I again used Olann Sock Lite, this time in the colorway “Three Futures.” (Both skeins of Olann are club colorways, by the way.)

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As you can imagine with all the texture in this shawl it was a very fun pattern to knit. From the stockinette, garter and seed stitch to the lace, bobbles, ribbing and pompoms, this shawl has it all! However, I shortened the ribbing at the end in order to keep it a little more lightweight for summer, and I omitted the pompoms (much to my daughter’s dismay) because I felt my colors were fun enough as is and didn’t want to venture into clown territory. That being said, I do think the pompoms look amazing on Isabell’s sample, but her colors are more subtle.

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Now I have a new shawl for summer! I don’t like getting sun on my neck and chest (or anywhere really), so I find that shawls function perfectly as both bright accessories and cover from the sun.

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The pattern for A Girl’s Best Friend can be purchased on Ravelry here.

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