For the last few months I have been getting stuck into the knitting as we await our 7th grandchild. A beautiful heirloom favourite is the christening shawl or baby shawl.
There are many captivating designs available but one I have loved is called Bubbles and is a Patons pattern. It is now available in Patons Book 5000 where it is worked with a 4 ply yarn. It has previously been available in the Heirloom collection of Baby Rugs and shawls Book 2105 and prior to that I remember seeing it in a book of my grandmothers. So it has been around for a long time.
This timeless piece is a unique circular design worked from the centre out and I believe that this factor plus its economic use of yarn has made it a perennial favourite. The bubbles are formed by the yarn overs, which create a hole and this is interspersed with garter stitch making a frothy finish which is easy to knit in terms of the basic stitches needed. There are however long rows of 400+ stitches and you need to work on a circular needle. While you are not knitting in the round, the single seam required to form this shawl into a perfect circle takes some time care and patience.
Looking at the references to the pattern I see it can be worked in 2, 3 or 4 ply yarn. I have done this project twice. The first time was using a 3 ply pure wool Patons yarn and this time round I am using Bendigo Woollen Mills 4 ply pure wool. Spectacular result. I just love it.
The most difficult thing for me was getting a photo of the whole circle, so I have included a shot from the internet which is the first one you see below. Mine follows, unblocked, but lace edges steam pressed.
Grandmother and knitter from the land down under of fine merino wool.