finished a fun shawl!

A little over a week ago I posted some pictures of projects on Ravelry that I would like to knit.  Well, I made one!  It’s the lace mess shawl.

lace mess shawl 2

This is actually the first time I’ve ever blocked anything.  Ever.  I’ve had the blocking mats and pins (from KnitPicks) for a while now, but have never needed to use them.  With this project, it specifically calls for blocking, and since I intend to sell it, I figured it would be a good idea.  Being inexperienced in blocking, I am of the hope that misting the shawl with a spray bottle of water will be good enough — I didn’t want to soak it and roll it in a towel because I don’t have any clean towels (I need to go to the laundromat… ugh).  Do you think misting it with water will suffice?  We’ll see soon enough, but I’d rather not have to do it twice.

lace mess shawl 1

There’s not a row by row pattern — the instructions just tell you how to make the bare bones of the shawl and it lets you put in the holes at your discretion.  It was neat not having to follow a pattern, but because of this I did end up making the shawl rather larger than the original appears to be on the pattern’s Ravelry page.  Not that that’s a problem.  It was a fun pattern, and quick too, because it called for bulky yarn and very large needles.  I would certainly not mind making another of these.

think the yarn used is Lion Brand Jiffy, but it had been sitting in my stash bin for a long time without labels so I’m not positive.

I almost forgot — the edging has little picots where the pins are, made by implementing the knitted cast on, which I’d never attempted before.  They don’t look like very distinctive picots on my shawl, whereas pictures of other people’s shawls on Ravelry do seem to have more pronounced picots.  The instructions in the pattern seemed detailed enough, and I double checked with a video on YouTube to be sure I was doing it right, and I think I was, but they still look almost nonexistent.  Any ideas on why this might be?

Thanks for stopping by, and please leave your opinion on using a spray bottle for blocking and the proper method to make picots with the knitted cast on!  Thanks so much!


  1. I can’t offer advice on blocking being even newer to it than you! I was looking at some of those mats today though for the very same purpose, funnily enough. The shawl looks great.


  2. the shawl looks great.
    when I block lace I give the shawl a good soak and then press between towels to get rid of the excess water. then you start pinning it out and stretching the shawl to shape it. but this is with wool — wool will block out and retain the shape until the next time you wash it and then of course you block again.
    I think Jiffy is an acrylic and acrylic has memory- so -I am not sure it blocks out. and if the fiber just bounces back to what it was knit at. however as long as you like the shape and how the fabric drapes it doesn’t matter.
    but I could be wrong maybe someone else knows about this fiber


  3. actually I just opened another e-mail alert and the writer of this blog just wrote some blocking tips that may help


  4. Your shawl looks lovely and I am pretty sure using a mister spray will work fine. I have always just used a spray to dampen work when blocking although I have to confess that I am no expert.


  5. I love this! I have started the lonely tree shawl that you posted at the same time and loving knitting for the first time in a while! So thanks for posting the pattern, I wouldn’t have found it otherwise 🙂


  6. Kate Lantry says:

    It came out very nice 🙂 I love the color. Sorry, I can’t help with the blocking; I’ve never done it before. I hope it turns out the way you want it to.
    Blessings 🙂



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