It was a very busy fall so I didn’t get a whole lot of Christmas knitting done. My ruby red Juneberry Triangle for my grandma and this project were the extent of it actually! And what do you know? I knit another Brooklyntweed pattern for my other grandma (it’s all about the symmetry). I decided to knit my grandma the shawl version of Girasole and I wanted to work it in a very cheerful color – thus, yellow! When Emily visited a couple of months ago we went to Webs (yes, I actually live sort of close to the store now!!) and I fell in love with a beautiful golden Madelinetosh sock called Winter Wheat. Once the idea of knitting Girasole for my grandma formed in my head, the Madelinetosh sock was the only yarn that would suit.
Knitting the shawl version of the pattern was very different from the giant blanket I knit for Emily and Eric’s wedding a couple of years ago – mostly because you don’t have to lug around such a mass of fabric when you’re knitting the shawl as opposed to the blanket! I think I fell even more in love with the pattern this time around and I am resolved to make one for myself! The shawl was also a lot easier to block than the blanket (which ended up, like, 9 feet in diameter).
I think the sunflower pattern looks amazing in yellow and I’m so in love with how it turned out! The Madelinetosh sock was the perfect yarn for the shawl, and after blocking it has the most wonderful weight and feel. Love, love, love.
Julie Matthews said:
gorgeous to the tenth power!
That shawl is beautiful. I hope I get to teach my granddaughter how to knit and crochet.
I made Girasole as a blanket for my parents last fall and loved the pattern. Maybe I’ll have to try it as a shawl, too. I love the color you chose. It’s absolutely breathtaking!
It’s gorgeous!! The yarn suits it just perfectly – I’m sure your grandma loved it. I have got to try this pattern!
It’s so beautiful, I love it the best in yellow! I need to make one.
Wow. That is so beautiful! I’m sure your grandmother will enjoy wrapping all this love around her.
I have the yarn. I have this pattern. I lack the courage to start. Yours gives me hope :)
What an amazing shawll – it’s beautiful. Your grandma must have been so pleased to get it – it is such a labour of love to make a gift like that.
Perfect color and pattern marriage. Yay.
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Ack! I got my blanket (a wedding present too!) soaked and ready to block tonight but misunderstood directions, thinking I just had to Tpin every point on the edging. It looks like you did blocking “around the clock,” at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock every 4.5 inches, is that correct? And then did you also tpin all the points on the edging? I was hoping to give this to my niece and future nephew at their couple shower this weekend but looks like it may have to wait until the wedding. Any idea on how many tpins you needed? Sorry for the questions but I’m sure you understand my dilemma as this is hopefully a keepsake for many, many years for the new couple and I want to do it right.
Linden Down said:
Hi! Don’t worry, I think you had the right idea in the first place – you just need to use a pin at every point of the edging. When I say that I started at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, I just mean that those were the first edging points that I pinned out, then I would pin the edging point in the middle of those pins, and on and on until I had pinned out all of the points. The 4.5 feet comes from the measurement from the center of the circle to the points of the edging (for my blanket). Hope this helps!