Wednesday, August 25, 2010

gaia shoulder hug

This shawl was the perfect summer knitting.  It was portable and required very little brain power on my part.  (Which is good for when you drop off to sleep while knitting poolside.)  It was designed with Noro sock yarn in mind and as the yarn color changes, you switch from stockinette to reverse stockinette with an eyelet transition row.
The entire shawl ends up being reversible which is fabulous.  I loved the name of it ~ Gaia Shoulder Hug.  The thought of being able to give it as a hug sold me right away.  (although it's a free pattern)
 Maggie modeled it and I noticed a glimmer in her eye...she didn't want to give it back.  It's a good thing for me that I have another skein of yarn ready to go! 
Here's the knitty gritty:
Pattern: Gaia Shoulder Hug (ravelry link) by Anne Carroll Gilmour
Needles: size 6 (I went up a size from the pattern...only because I didn't have a 5!)
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock #221. I used 1 skein...and only had about 12 inches left!  I cut it a little close.  I wanted to get one more color transition completed.  whew!
(thanks to Maggie for modeling for me!)

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks great mom, you're so awesome and talented. Love you so much.

Maggie

Denise said...

I love the colors in it, and the eyelet pattern. Great job :)

Meg said...

It's awesome! I may have to add that to my growing list of favorites!

Kristyn Knits said...

love it! the pattern looks simple and complex at the same time (does that make sense?). I loved using noro. the anticipation of colors keeps those stitches coming!! and she is just the best model.

wayside wanderer said...

Oh, this is really beautiful. Love the yarn! I am a new knitter and just today went to a specialty yarn store with knitting friends. Oh my, was I ever overwhelmed. I would love to make something like this shoulder hug. It looks perfect for Texas winters.

From All Stitched Up said...

Great pattern, great knitting and lovely model. All around perfect. I'm trying to think if I know someone who might need that for a Christmas present. Looks like it would be fun to knit.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

It's so, so beautiful. I can see why that daughter of yours doesn't want to give it up. Another Lisa masterpiece.

Tracy said...

WOW... I love this shawl, Lisa! That pattern & yarn are just perfect in this project. I think I have to add this pattern to my list too. I will have to be careful, it seems everyone wants the shawl once seen or tried on! ;o) BEAUTIFUL! Happy Days ((HUGS))

Firefly said...

So very pretty and so versatile too!
Blessings,
G

val said...

This shoulder hug makes me consider trying to knit again! I have never been very keen as it seems to take ages to grow! and then all those stitches to lose!
That is why I can crochet and only need one stitch to worry about! Your shoulder hug is simply gorgeous!
Enjoy your days,
Val xx Oxfordshire UK

Gloria said...

I totally adore this! IF I tried it on I would not want to give it back either!! :)
So...SO beautiful!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Beautiful! What a great warm weather knit and finished just in time for autumn.

Stephanie said...

That's one beautiful hug! I wouldn't want to give it back either. The eyelets are really a nice detail. Great job.

Sewn With Grace said...

I really love this. It can be a shawl or a scarf. I make alot of wraps and I'm always looking for inspiration, thank you and great job!

The WoodLand School said...

Wonderful!!! I just love the eyelet rows and the color transitions. I just added it to my Ravelry queue ... can't wait to get started knitting!

Allison said...

this is such a pretty shawl! the color changes look great, and i love how delicate it looks. i've been really into making shawls lately. i think they look great tied around the neck like a kerchief!

cathleen said...

Just beautiful, Lisa. Shawl knitting has become a new obsession. I have another in the works for myself and I would LOVE to knit one for my mother-in-law for Christmas using some leftover sock yarn. That is really a pretty pattern you used.

a friend to knit with said...

okay... this looks SO pretty... and on your little model even prettier!
and the brain power thing... it looks like it required a lot! and i love that it is reversible!

Larissa said...

Beautiful shawl! Love the simple lace pattern - so very classy. Love seeing your girl as the model.