Yep, it’s me this time. I’m getting married! And I need to pick a shawl to get married in.
This is going to be my substitute wedding dress. We’re not planning on big white wedding with poufy gowns, mountains of roses, swimming in debt. We’re going to keep it small and simple. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want something special and symbolic for the big day.
So I need to choose a shawl to knit…
I’m drowning in pattern options. Spoiled for choice. I need your help and advice. Help me choose. Otherwise, I think I’ll end up:
- Knitting no shawl at all
- Knitting ALLTHESHAWLS
Ginormous, body-covering triangle shawls
Normally, I don’t gravitate toward shawls of this size. It seems a little too much like walking around wearing a blanket. But for a wedding, this is a little more like wearing a dress, which is a point in its favor.
Option #1 in alpaca lace weight yarn. Probably warmer than it looks. So elegant and feminine. Most of this looks really doable. The bottom edging looks a bit scary, though. I’ve never knitted anything quite like that before so I don’t have any instincts about the techniques required to produce it. I’d have to buy the pattern and study it to determine whether or not I should attempt this.
Coy Shoulder Toppers
If full-body lace shrouds seem a little too demanding, I could certainly see myself in a cute shoulder topper, like this one. I’m confident that I would get use out of this shawl in everyday life, and not just for the wedding. Definite bonus.
I’ve read nothing but good comments about this pattern from the thousands of other knitters who have tackled it. There are nearly 12,000 projects on Ravelry right now. Must be a sign of a good thing. Right?
On the other hand, do I want to knit a shawl that SO MANY other people have knitted? Am I suffering from another-woman-in-my-prom-dress syndrome?
Would I be happy with something this simple? Gosh, I dunno. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been looking for an excuse to knit this shawl for ages. But is it special enough for my wedding?
The Practical but Heart Stopping Stole
The shawl shape I tend to get the most use out in real life of is stoles. They’re long enough to stay on my shoulders. They can be styled in dozens of ways. I don’t sit on them by accident or catch them in car doors. Maybe this is the direction I should go with my wedding shawl as well?
I love the romance of this pattern. It also looks like I won’t tear my hair out knitting it.
Is it weird that I’m a little disappointed by that last bit? I sort of want to tear my hair out. I want to sweat over this thing. I want it to be a knitted thing of supreme specialness.
On the other hand, I also want to have fun knitting it. I’m not sure where I should draw the line.
I can’t do this by myself. Help me choose. These three are definitely in the running, but I’ll gladly take nominations. Send me links to your favorite romantically awesome patterns.
I promise, no matter which shawl I choose, I’ll document the knitting and the day of wearing.
“Hey,” I can hear my fiance saying, “isn’t this day supposed to be about us, not about your knitting?”