a shawl for all seasons

I started this shawl in July thinking it would be a quick project that would be nice for summer. Then I'd have a shawl to bring to the office for days when I can't get warm at my desk. But then I bought a house in August and the shawl was cast aside for a few months as I packed and unpacked boxes and completed house projects. I would pick it up to knit a little here and there, but I'd lose track of what I was doing, forget the pattern, start from scratch with learning it all over again.

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I also started and finished a bunch of other things while I was knitting this. Hats for me and others, baby gifts, etc.

Finally, I decided I needed to finish it and wouldn't cast on any new projects until I finished it. And unsurprisingly, I finished pretty quickly.

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I didn't follow the pattern exactly as written. The inner triangle was supposed to look different with a more triangular shape, but I forgot that when reading a chart you knit the purls and purl the knits on the wrong side. Oops! By the time I realized my mistake, I had already finished the inner triangle and decided it looked fine as it is.

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I probably would have enjoyed this more if I had finished it all at once instead of in so many bursts, but I think it turned out nicely, even with a few mistakes. The yarn is really lovely wool from Brooklyn Tweed. The color is deep purple.

Instead of keeping it, I gave it to my mom as an Easter gift. She's more of a shawl person anyway. Plus she's been experimenting with some color in her grey hair (streaks of purple!) so I thought it would be the perfect accessory for her new trendy look.

10 Free One Skein Knitting Patterns

I recently finished a few knitting projects and as I thought about what I should cast on next, I realized I have so much yarn in my stash. Leftover yarn, skeins I bought with no project in mind, stray projects I abandoned--I have enough to fill up a couple of cubbies in my IKEA cabinet. Instead of buying new yarn for new projects, I thought I would challenge myself to at least make a dent in the stash I have now. I've been knitting quite a few hats this winter (for me and for gifts). Many one skein projects are for hats or baby gifts or dishcloths. I tried to find some that looked fun and interesting and didn't all fit under the traditional categories.

It will be nice to try a few of these quick projects. What's your go-to project to use up leftover yarn?

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