I started off the year with this cuddly, knitted ripple shawl:
After that, I thought I would try mixing it up by adding some stripes, so I began another one in the same pattern and larger needles, alternating with some red and navy yarn.
Getting back to crochet, but still on a stripes kick, I turned to a pattern I had made before in a single color, and decided to make it with stripes. I picked out two shades of green and added them to white to make this shawl:
This next shawl turned out to be the beginning of a series. I made it in white, from a free pattern called One Skein Wrap on Ravelry.com. The "One Skein" title was what got my attention initially, but it turns out that the "One Skein" has to be one of the super sized "pound of yarn" skeins.
This shawl turned out to be really fun to make and I liked it so much that I made a second one, also in white, but with a slightly bigger crochet hook:
This is a different shawl. Honest!
It dawned on me that if I made a shawl with fringe, I could leave the yarn ends hanging until the shawl was complete, and then incorporate them as part of the fringe! So I picked out three pretty jewel tone colors of yarn, and then made the same pattern over again. It turned out like this:
And the fringed ends looks like this.
All the yarn ends became part of the fringe.
I had leftover yarn in each of colors, so I made the same shawl, but combined the yarn differently:
This time, I kept to a color scheme when I did the fringe:
I was still enjoying this pattern, so I made yet another one, again aligning the colors of the fringe with the colored bands in the shawl.
My next shawl was a triangular shaped shawl called the Fringed V-Stitch Shawl.
The pattern calls for a specialty yarn to add a fringe, but I thought the edge looked fine without it. The shawl already had a pretty edging.
After making so many lacy shawls, I wanted to make one more suitable for a man, so I knit this one using a self striping yarn:
Next, I revisited a pattern I had made once before, and crocheted this yellow, cape-like shawl:
Then it was back to knitting again for this last one. I bought 2 large skeins of a fairly bulky variegated yarn and knit this up on size 17 needles:
The cross-hatch pattern just happened all by itself!
There was one "oops!" project last year, and it was this one:
The pattern I followed was actually for a poncho, but I thought I could adapt it for a shawl. Unfortunately, I didn't make it long enough, and it took me a while to discover it was going to be too short. I didn't really like the colorway anyhow. A pattern this busy looks better in a solid yarn. So, I'll be pulling that one out, but in the meantime, I have started over with more stitches and a new colorway:
If you look through the rungs on the chair back, you can see that the blue and white one is much longer than the green and tan one.
It's nice to have something to show for it after spending many an evening watching TV.