A Girl's Best Friend Shawl Kit
This lovely triangular shawl by Isabell Kraemer is worked in fingering weight yarn from the top down, and includes a textured body, contrasting stripes, and a perfect 3x1 rib at the edge. It's fun and entertaining, and a versatile but special addition to your daily wardrobe. Pompoms are added at the edge to make it even more special and personal -- you could also give tassels or fringe a try! We've made up this shawl in Lichen & Lace's beautiful 1-Ply Superwash Merino and Malabrigo's Mechita... the perfect combination.
For our shop sample, Gwen held together a strand of fingering weight yarn with a strand of mohair/silk yarn in the teardrop section. (Please note that the pattern is not originally written to include mohair.) If you choose to include the mohair (and we LOVE mohair), we suggest using a smaller needle to achieve recommended gauge.
Important: While knitting our shop sample, Gwen came very close to running out of yarn for CC2 (the ecru coloured teardrop section). For some of our kit combinations there is a chance that the designer's recommended yardage may be insufficient. We are offering two options for these kits: the Play-It-Safe option, which includes an extra skein of CC2, or the Take-A-Risk option, which includes only the yardage required in the pattern. We strongly advise purchasing the Play-It-Safe kit to avoid running out of yarn.
The pattern is not included in the kit: it is available for purchase on Ravelry. (Click here)
A US 4 (3.5 mm) 40" circular needle, or size needed to get gauge. (Please note that if you choose to add a strand of mohair silk with one of your colours like we did, you'll need another needle in a smaller size to maintain the correct gauge. Gwen used 3mm needles for hers.)
20 sts x 34 rows = 4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm) in Stockinette stitch on US 4 (3.5 mm) needles after blocking.
19 sts x 32 rows = 4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm) in Teardrop pattern on US 4 (3.5 mm) needles after blocking.
Gauge is not crucial for this project, but will affect yardage and final size when different.
Approximately 27.5” (70 cm) deep along center, 71” (180 cm) wingspan from tip to tip.
4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking tools and a fork (for the pompoms).
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I recently purchased yarn to knit A Girl's Best Friend Shawl. It had caught my eye on the Saltwater Purl's website a while ago but at the time I was busy with other projects. As the weather started to get cooler I decided I just had to have it since it was so pretty and would be warm for the fall and winter. I chose the colours in the sample and included the mohair as well as the extra yarn. Once I emailed my order it was acknowledged immediately and was sent in the mail the very next day. I was thrilled when I opened the box! It was beautifully wrapped in tissue with a lovely card and note from Gwen with a pretty stitch marker. I only started knitting again this spring after many of years so this is just my second purchase from Saltwater Purls. Even though I live in Ontario I will continue to be a customer of Saltwater Purls since their yarn is so special and the service excellent. My previous order was the most gorgeous hand dyed silk which I also really love. Thank you so much!
This is an absolutely delightful pairing. I ordered the mohair, and the extra yarn, and I am sure I I’ll be glad that I did.
Love saltwater purls! The best pairings and the squishiest of yarns!
My yarn arrived so quickly and it was packaged so beautifully! The yarn looks perfect together, and I'm happy I spent a little extra and got the mohair to go with it. I'm going to cast this on right away! Love it!