The Wedding Shawl, Part 1: The Cast-On

My brother’s getting married to the younger sister of my best friend from high school. We sort of always knew that was going to happen.

When they were in middle and high school, they definitely were into each other but they were always in relationships with someone else when the other one of them was single. Timing never worked out. Until the last few years.

And now they’re getting married! And I’m knitting the bride a shawl to keep her warm on the big day, since it’s an outdoor wedding at the beginning of November. It’s a laid-back and comfy sort of wedding, and she needed something to keep her warm.

It’s a quick turn-around, but they’re both important to me. (Plus it’s sport weight on size 9 needles, so hopefully it’s gonna zoom). I got the yarn in the mail yesterday (praise be to 2-day shipping!), and started and finished the first garter section of the shawl last night. The bride requested off-white, so I got bare yarn. (It’s definitely a creamy color, it’s harder to tell unless I have it sitting next to something stark white.)


I’m using my trusty ChiaoGoo Twist interchangeables in a size US 9 (5.5 mm) needle. The pattern calls for a size US 7 (4.5 mm) needle, but I’m a super tight knitter so I automatically go up 2 needle sizes whenever I’m knitting a project where stitch definition and the drape of the fabric aren’t as critically important as the listed gauge. If I were knitting a sweater I’d definitely do a gauge swatch, but I generally don’t for shawls.

My adorable pumpkin pie progress marker is from Sucre Sucre Miniatures. Her charms are absolutely amazing and I seem to be a collector. I also have a taco, pot sticker, slice of watermelon, slice of cherry cheesecake, and a hot dog (with ketchup AND mustard). She does more than just charms! I got my partner a pair of crispy taco earrings for her birthday this year.

This is the first time I’m using the bag (by Nekozuki Knits), which I won as a door prize at SSK 2016. I bought three skeins of yarn, and so far I’ve only wound two up but three balls would definitely fit in this bag, plus room for the project I’m knitting.


18 days until the wedding, so I’ve got to start knitting!

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