One of my most well-loved and well-worn projects is last year's Cosy Colourblock Shawl (find the free pattern here). Since knitting it I have wanted another in a more basic/ neutral colour-scheme, so when I decided to take time for leisure knitting, it was the obvious project choice. As I intend to wear it this afternoon, these pictures show it fresh-off-the-needles. The knitting will no doubt look neater after it's been washed and the edges dried in straight lines (!), but I really didn't want to wait.
WHAT'S DIFFERENT?: This time around, I left off the fringe and the thin stripes which were in the original. Combined with the two shades of grey, this has given it a much more unisex look - before the ends were sewn in I draped the shawl around my son and it looked great so I may need to make another (smaller) one for him too!
PATTERN MODIFICATIONS: Without the fringe, I made a few more changes to the pattern
1. The last stitch of every row was slipped with the yarn in front.
2. On the RS rows, the increase happened on the second stitch, not the first (so K1, kfb...).
3. I used a simple crochet bind off with a 10mm hook.
4. I haven't measured it but I'm 5'3" / 1.6m and it's longer than my wingspan so I'm guessing it's around 175 cm wide, straight off the needles. The original, is a bit bigger (at 450g including fringe) and having been worn so much and wrapped around us all, it has also grown a little with use - this one weighs 350g but does not feel very much smaller.
THE YARN: I absolutely love Stone Washed XL* - it is my favourite non-wool yarn and I use it whenever I can (and no, this post isn't in paid for by Scheepjes!). The shawl took 150g of colour 842 Smokey Quartz and 200g of colour 843 Black Onyz, both available at Deramores*, Wool Warehouse* (*affiliate links) and other selected retailers.