Sunday, October 23, 2005

Cathedral Window Shawl Complete!

Here's the completed Cathedral Window Shawl from St. Seraphina Knits. St. Seraphina is the patron saint of spinners, which is why the designer, Kristine Franklin, choose that name for her company. This was so easy to make, but I did make one modification to the pattern. Because you wouldn't want the cathedral windows upside down on half of the scarf, the pattern calls for knitting it half way with one pattern, then knitting a reverse design on the other half. Instead of doing that, I knit two separate halves, both using the same design, then I used a 3-needle bind-off to graft them together. You can't see where the shawl comes together and the patter matches exactly on both ends of the shawl. Another bonus is that I didn't have to flip a long shawl around from row to row! I also made the shawl a bit longer than the pattern states. I made each half with 11 pattern repeats instead of 9. I used a size 8 32" Addi Turbo needle, which was just right. My finished shawl is 20" wide and 72" long. I used about 4 1/2 skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash; had I made it with 9 repeats, it would have taken only 4 skeins. I could easily have made it wider by adding more "windows" as well.

I will undoubtably make this shawl again. The design is very nice and the finished project is beautiful! Like all my other shawls, this one will be given to the local cancer centre, which it will warm and comfort someone undergoing cancer treatment.


Adrian said...

That is stunning! It also gives me so many ideas.

Mari said...

Thanks, Adrian! This pattern was so easy to's a winner!