FO – Askews me shawl

Finally, I can present you another project for the Finished Object Friday. Today’s object is about knitting for someone else. When he choose a pattern you’re not into it….

While traveling with our campervan through the Netherlands we had to stop at Stephen West’s yarn shop. OMG! This is the best yarn store ever. Seeing all these gorgeous beauties of Madelinetosh, Hedgehog Fibres and Malabrigo is outstanding. Even my boyfriend was overwhelmed. Of course he felt immediately in love with the green of Hedgehog Fibres. He asked for a shawl. And Stephen – a clever sales man – recommended him the Askews me shawl. „Oh no“, was my first thought. The shawl is knitted in an allover brioche pattern. Nothing else. Please not.

finished object askews me shawl detail

With the brioche, I have a sort of hate/ love relationship. It’s squishy, airy and light, but also time-consuming because you knit every row twice.

The deal was following: he buys me the yarn and I knit him the shawl. Quickly we found a second colour. The shawl suits well to his green Dembow hat.

After several starts, I started while we still were in Holland. By the time I got the brioche and it was a perfect travelling project. Not too complicated, but still interesting enough to not lose the attention.

finished object askews me shawl

Pattern: Askews me shawl by Stephen West
Needle size: 3.5 mm
Yarn: Hedgehog fibres sock in „Banana legs“ and „Swamp“, fingering weight, each 400m/ 100g

The project accompanied me through the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sardinia, France and Ireland. I finished it in France. At this time of the year, it was cold, so it was in use immediately. Although I couldn’t block it, because of space and tools limitation in our campervan.

fo askews me shawl relative size

I have caught up blocking, as soon as we moved back into our apartment in Switzerland. What happened was that the shawl grew. Which is totally fine. We both like big shawls. And now, I start to like the pattern. But still not sure, if I should knit another one for me. Should I?

Have you knit something for someone else? What was your experience? Did you like it? Did you make a deal about payment/ yarn or so?

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