At Long Last, the Obamarama Shawl

comments (4) January 15th, 2009     

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Jen_W Jennifer Worick, contributor
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The full effect.
I wont be in Washington, but I will have this draped around me as President Obama takes the Oath of Office.
A close-up.
The full effect.

The full effect.

Photo: Michaela Murphy

I have found so much peace and joy knitting this shawl through many Countdowns with Keith Olbermann, during a bachelorette weekend on Whidbey Island, on Election Night, and during a recent spate of unfortunate events.

It's based on a basic feather and fan pattern:

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: k2tog three times, repeat of (yo k1 six times, k2tog six times) until last six stitches, k2tog three times

Row 4: Knit

I also added a garter border of 6 stitches on the beginning and end of each row. I bound off after about 25 or 30 groups of 4 rows. Make sense? I find the feather and fan pattern such a good bang for an easy knitting buck. Give it a go for a scarf!

In the future, you can find me at my website or blogs, Things I Want to Punch in the Face and Prairie Tales. My new book, Backcountry Betty: Crafting with Style, is in stores now.

posted in: yarn, grey, shawl, therapy, garment

Comments (4)

BarbaraPenn writes: Jennifer,

I love your shawl. The yarn is so beautiful; what kind is it? Do you remember how many skeins/balls/yards of it were necessary to make the shawl?
Posted: 5:18 pm on June 4th
SweeTart77 writes: Jen- I have been looking for a shawl (that won't hurt my brain!) to watch during the innauguration festivities this week and thanks to you, I've found it! Already have the yarn and will get it on the needles today. I've made a note as to how many to cast on. Thanks again.
Posted: 9:41 am on January 17th
Jen_W writes: It was between 250 and 300 and using an 18-stitch repeat. It might have been 288 plus the 6 garter stitches on each side, for a total of 300 stitches. I'm not quite sure. Knitters will have to figure it out, based on the weight of their yarn and how long their want their shawl to be.
Posted: 11:18 pm on January 15th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Yay Jen ! It looks great and great on you. How many stitches did you cast on for this beauty?
Posted: 10:43 pm on January 15th
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