Whippoorwill Shawl

I came across this pattern on Ravelry and thought it was interesting that so many people said they made one and they were looking forward to making another one. I don’t make a lot of things twice, just because there are too many other things out there that I want to try. But I may make an exception with this pattern! I made this for a friend for Christmas, and I like the finished shawl so much that now I want one for my own. I’m putting it on my list.

There was a big unintended modification to this pattern. I was knitting along on it, completely distracted because I was enjoying a couple of days at my friend’s lake house. We were deep into watching movies, enjoying the fall weather, and catching up on our lives. (At least that’s my excuse.) Consequently, I failed to see the instructions that told me (clearly) to knit on the purl side, when I got to the stripes. It’s supposed to make it look more dimensional and give it more texture. I realized it when I got to the second stripe, but I had no desire to frog it back, and I had no desire to make the second stripe different from the first. So – it looks a little different. But I like it. Now I’m not sure which way I’d do it for the second time around.

I made mine the medium size, out of Madelinetosh Merino Light in the colors Tart and Fig. We started discussing this shawl and colors on our Loopy Ewe Facebook page back when I was first beginning the pattern, and then I did a blog post on other color choices that you might like. It really is a fun knit, and one of those shawls where you can knit and chat and not pay too much attention to the pattern. (Um, except for the part where it tells you to knit on the purl side. You might want to pay attention to that part.)

This is a holiday weekend for us, so the brick and mortar part of the shop will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Of course we’ll continue to be open online 24/7, so you can still be looking and shopping, and we’ll all be in on Monday to make sure that your orders get packed up and shipped out. (How can next week be December already? Is it just me, or did 2010 just whip right by?)  In the meantime, we want to wish a wonderful Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating it this week. When we count our blessings around here, YOU are at the top of our list!

Sheri lookingforwardtoextraknittingtimethisweekend,too


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone who makes TLE special.
    Lovely shawl.

    And it is so great that we live in a time and a place where we can knit if we choose, use the Internet freely, and move about pretty much as we wish.

    I guess I am grateful for freedom this Thanksgiving.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with Web Guy and Knitting Daughter! I know how much you miss them.

    Yes it seems like this year has just flown by!

  3. Absolutely HOORAY for ‘free time’ aka ‘knitting time’ : )
    I’ve just gotten hooked on making mini sweaters for christmas tree ornaments – i’ll get to the socks one of these days…
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Yes, that shawl does look delicious!! In the current season of handmade gifts, I certainly won’t have time to start it until after the new year. My manager just decided today she would like me to knit up a doggie sweater for her favorite child. : )

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and all the Elves at TLE.

    I’m thankful for all joy I have received from family, friends, and TLE and yarn and knitting.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the Elves, Sheri! Hope it’s a wonderful holiday for all of you and your families!

  6. I love this shawl! It’s next in my queue, just as soon as I finish the holiday gifts. I’m thankful for the ability to make warm gifts for my loved ones, and for all the designers, yarn dyers, and The Loopy Ewe for providing the tools for me to do so. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  7. I’m not doing the whippoorwill knit along but bought some Unique Sheep gradient-dyed yarn at SAFF to make mine. I’m having a 40-hour pj/fiber-in party here until Friday at 8 am when I return to work. I’m minding the LYS Friday afternoon which will be fun. Have a happy Thanksgiving and fun weekend with your family.

  8. The shawl is beautiful. I love the color combination, so elegant. Your friend is very lucky to have such a generous friend as you. Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Sheri. To all of the Elves I wish you the same. Enjoy your time off you all deserve it Hugs

  10. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of the Elves! I am in love with your Whippoorwill, Sheri. I’m still trying to decide what colors to use for my own, but mine is on hold until the deadline Christmas knitting is done! In the meantime, I would be more than happy to be your friend and receive yours! I’m sure she will love it.

  11. Sheri
    I made the same modification to my Whippoorill that you did only mine was intentional. I did not like the idea of changing the yarn, the pattern and adding the stripes all at the same time. I like a more gradual introduction of changes in a pattern. So I eliminated the purl bumps on the right side. And I am glad I did!
    Have a wonderful, thankful, day!

  12. You are part of my blessings, too.
    I love the shawl. I might start one of those for knitting over the school holidays which start next week for my children. Such a big choice of colours, though. Not sure what.

  13. Happy Thanksgiving! The shawl is gorgeous.

    I’m making knitted toys for a number of people this holiday season. I did a little knitting in the last few days, but not enough to be finished by our first holiday party. I need to get cracking!

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