I finished the Farmhouse Shawl by cabinfour last spring but didn’t get pictures of it until last week. I think it is currently my favorite knitted item. It is the perfect mix of rustic, trendy and classic. Even before I started knitting, shawls and scarves were always a big piece of my wardrobe. I tend to dress in simple shapes and don’t wear too many patterns. I like color but I generally don’t get too wild in the basics of what I wear but I have always loved putting a scarf or shawl (and funky earrings) on top of fairly simple silhouettes. The farmhouse shawl fits in with pretty much everything I own and I have been wearing it nonstop since I finished it. I knew I would like it when I knitted it but I didn’t expect it to be as versatile as it is.
It is knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the wood smoke colorway. I originally bought two skeins to make a hat. The hat was a disaster. So I ripped it out and it became the farmhouse shawl. I bought two more skeins which totaled four to make the shawl–including the fringe. I am fairly sure I bought the same color but it’s possible I didn’t. In any case, the second two skeins are noticeably darker than the first two. I was disappointed when I was making it but I actually ended up really liking the color blocking effect it has.
The pattern calls for six skeins, but I am cheap and small so I decided to make a smaller version. I omitted one of the middle pattern repeats and it ended up the perfect size. I can wrap it kerchief style and it doesn’t overwhelm my tiny noggin. I used a size 9 to get gauge.
It got lots of wear this past summer in Stanley. What’s better than two-steppin’ at the saloon with a pair of boots and a fringed shawl? Not much.