FO: Space invader thistle!

I’ve wanted one since I saw the pattern. The thistle. It’s such a pretty shawl. I’ve noticed I’m not really a shawl wearing person for some reason. It’s a shame because I do like knitting them. I like knitting lace, but I usually end up giving them away.

When I saw this pattern though, I fell in love with it immediately. It’s a thick and comfortable shawl to wrap around you during this (apparently) never-ending winter.

Space Invader Thistle
I have to be honest though, I felt the original pattern to be a bit ‘too much’. I was going to use some hand dyed (by myself) blue and yellow yarn, but swapped the yellow for some bleached white. I’ve had to restart this project twice. The first time I forgot to increase on each round, while the second time I decided to switch the main and contrast colors.

Space Invader Thistle
This shawl is, in a way, a tribute to all the people who have found my blog while searching for space invaders knitting pattern. (There have been many)

Space Invader Thistle
This is the first shawl I have not blocked, but ironed. I think blocking would’ve made the floats more even (and straight) but I’m ok with it. I like the way it turned out, and in all honesty, ironing the thing was a lot easier than wet-blocking. I have decided to skip the edging. I really like the way the shawl looks right now and a border would take away from the simplicity of the space invader pattern I think. Besides, it’s always possible to add a border if I find that I’d like one.

Space Invader Thistle
I knew this shawl was going to be big. I used two hanks of 250 grams (blue) and one white hank (200grams), but I was still surprised at the hugeness of the shawl. It’s bigger than I am…

Space Invader Thistle
I added a cat (as if..) and the Ikea chair for scale. I have some in-progress pictures on my twitter account if you’re interested 🙂

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