I’ve Made A Shawl – Does That Make Me A Granny?

Pop Spots Shawl

I don’t think I look too much like a granny. What do you think?

This is the Pop Spots Shawl from Loop, knitted using Tosh Sock merino wool. There are over 300 versions of this pattern on Ravelry. (If you do a generic search for ‘Shawl’ on Ravelry, over 30,000 entries come up!)

The Pop Spots Shawl is relatively simple to knit, although the nearly 70 triangles on the lace edge did test my patience. I first began this in May 2013 in Skiathos, as blogged about here, continued it in the Isle of Wight in August and finally finished it this weekend when my sister offered to take some photos for me. It shouldn’t take eight months to knit this shawl; I kept putting it down for other knitting projects.

Pop Spots Shawl Details

I was very glad I invested in some blocking wires. There’s a great, short video around blocking a shawl here. I’ve read loads of advice about the best surface to pin out on, but no surface (including my exercise mat) was big enough. My advice? Just get a huge, clear space of clean carpet and pin into that, first making sure that no colour will bleed from your damp wool. It makes me laugh a lot that my shawl blocking was monitored by David Bowie. (And above him, out of sight, Johnny Cash.)

David Bowie & Shawl

I’ve found this shawl eminently wearable. It’s my comfort blanket of choice when working at my desk by the draughty sash window. But the big question is, does knitting and wearing a shawl herald a certain stage in my life? A stage once marked by dentures, blue rinses, and toasted muffins? I think you should look at my Pinterest Shawl Board if you want an answer to that silly question.

My blocking wires weren’t cheap and I’m keen to put them to use again. Any other shawl projects you’d recommend? I don’t like complicated knitting – I like meditative knitting in front of the telly with a G&T. What shawl do you think I should knit next?

Pop Spots Shawl Detail

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108 Responses to I’ve Made A Shawl – Does That Make Me A Granny?

  1. Sarah Liz says:

    No, it does not make you a Granny :). It’s more a very stylish wrap – and when it is cold, it will look very effective.

  2. auntychacha says:

    This looks stunning on you and not granny-like at all!

  3. JacqC says:

    Not granny-like at all! Just perfect in this miserable weather, love the yarn :)

  4. Steff says:

    Fabulous.. I am two years into knitting a shawl. 2 ply. As it is lace it takes a lot of concentration and undoing errors is murder. And God No. It is not granny looking at all. I always carry a shawl or pashmina with me in winter; great little pieces and people always comment on the shawls. Keep on knitting.

  5. Celia says:

    Not at all ‘granny’. I’ve knitted 4 and about to start a 5th using colours very like yours from the Skein Queen. The one I’ve just finished is Halyard (from Ravelry) you can see it in my blog, I haven’t worn it yet … a bit more ‘lacy’ than my usual style. http://purplepoddedpeas.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/happy-new-year.html

  6. baum says:

    Great work! The shawl is beautiful and the color suits you well, not granny-like at all! If I had the patience I would also want to knit a shawl… I saw this pattern on Sweet Georgia which would be nice for an all-occasion piece for the spring: http://shop.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/products/shattered-sun-shawl

  7. Celia says:

    Not at all ‘granny’. I’ve knitted 4 and about to start a 5th using colours very like yours from the Skein Queen. The one I’ve just finished is Halyard (from Ravelry) you can see it in my blog, I haven’t worn it yet … a bit more ‘lacy’ than my usual style.

  8. onedabbles says:

    No – it’s definitely a Granny-free zone. Lovely shawl and very pretty colours. You’ve quite inspired me to try a shawl after my current knitting project – a big squishy blanket. Have looked at the blocking wire video. If the shawl isn’t too big, do you think a cutting mat is a good surface for blocking?

  9. Not Granny like at all! It’s a lovely shawl. For an easy knit that is eminently wearable, anything by Martina Behm. I love her asymmetric shawl/scarfs. My other suggestion, and one I’ve recently knit, is Stephen West’s Earth & Sky. It’s very dramatic and isn’t lacy, but uses intarsia to create a pattern with colour.

  10. HelenC says:

    If you want straightforward, knit in front of the tv, you can’t go wrong with a Colour Affection….. Just don’t blame me when you’re on the never ending last rows!

  11. Sam says:

    Not granny like at all – just gorgeous! In general I think the semi-circular shawls are far less “granny like” than the triangular ones, but that’s just personal preference.

    Two I’ve knitted and love are Cabernet Sauvignon and Trousseau – both patterns are on Ravelry. Cabernet Sauvignon in particular was a fun knit.

  12. Talia says:

    very nice shawl :-)
    I would recommend the dew drops shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dew-drops-shawl), it has a nice repetitive pattern.
    or the Butterfly dreams shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/133-1-butterfly-dreams—shawl-in-delight), it even easier and if you don’t want to change the colour so often by yourself, you can use a Yarn which changes the colour (I would recommend to by more than one skin of yarn because I had to little and my shawl is a little to small now).

  13. Lynne says:

    Wow!! This is absolutely gorgeous! And not a Granny in sight!

  14. Jacqui says:

    Beautiful shawl and NO it doesn’t!

  15. Sabine says:

    It doesn’t make you a granny at all! knitting shawl is so trendy right now, so I guess it makes you a fashionista :-) This shawl is absolutely gorgeous and you just added an item on my very long ‘to knit’ list!

  16. For my part I can see no reason why it’s only the extremes of life – babies and grannies – who seem to be allowed to wear shawls! They’re a fantastic way of keeping warm, whatever your age (and if they were all as stylish as yours, I’m sure there’d be a lot more of them around).

  17. Sarah Boyd says:

    I’m 37 and have crochet a few shawls, I don’t think that makes me a granny though my children might disagree lol x

  18. Marie says:

    I’ve already told you how gorgeous I think this is, but I just wanted to leave a quick comment about your photos. I absolutely love the lighting in these, very professional and moody, but light! Love them!

  19. English Lavender says:

    Lovely

  20. I hope not, that would make me a granny at 35… hmmm… and I just had a baby – so it is totally weird! It is a great pattern, I love the colours you chose. No definitely not a granny, does that mean more shawls?

  21. Clare says:

    Love the colour and well done on completing it. Looking on your pintrest page what about the lacey Jane Bunnies shawl?

  22. makeandwear says:

    I’ve just recently taken up sock knitting and wondered the same thing. I’m in my early thirties and my friends would probably fall off their bar stools if they knew I spent my time over Christmas knitting socks….:)

  23. David says:

    Never thought I would comment to say I like a shawl but yours looks really good and I love the colour combination!

  24. rosyragpatch says:

    Very stylish & not like a granny at all.

  25. This is a gorgeous combination of colours. I bet you’re really proud! there’s something very satisfying about finishing a knitting project, an entirely different feeling to finishing a sewing one. Love it!

  26. Uta says:

    You know I love your questions on style and age ;-) I’ve recently taken up knitting and I have a feeling my husband, who’s not been informed knitting is cool again, thinks I’m behaving a bit granny-like. I don’t think those interested in style and craft will have such prejudices, and as for the rest – let’s just change their perception, shall we? My personal verdict: you don’t look like a granny at all, the shawl is beautiful!

  27. Not at all “granny like”. Such beautiful colours and a very pretty pattern.

  28. beajay says:

    No granny in sight. That is beautiful and should become an heirloom

  29. Molly says:

    Ha! I just added a mini-shawl to my Ravelry list before reading this blog post, I think they’re hip (and so do men judging by the number wearing of Arab scarves)! Also perfect for the current weather. My sister visited at Christmas, one day I wore a calf length, flared knitted skirt (by my mother on her machine in the 80s) and a super chunky, slouchy sleeveless cardigan over a fitted tee. My sister raised her eyebrow at me and said “A 90 year old woman just popped round looking for her clothes”. Pfft!

  30. Catherine says:

    wow! thats amazing and id love to have one! And im no granny. It looks very comfortable and chic!

  31. It looks extremely stylish, I think it’s the colour that really lifts it.

  32. its beautiful and not a granny in sight!

  33. Debbie says:

    This is stunning! Definitely no old ladies here!

  34. Neroli says:

    You look fab, and not at all Granny like. The colour is very flattering on you and you’ve done a beautiful job knitting this. I’m no Nana, and I would love one of these….now, who can I find to knit me one?

  35. helen says:

    That is really beautiful!
    I’d like to try something more complicated but I do like to watch TV as the same time (catching up on Corrie). So at the moment it’s socks, so a bit of rib and maybe a bit of cable.

  36. Sabs says:

    NO you do NOT look like a granny! The shawl is beautiful.

  37. T says:

    I am SO in love with that colour way. I think that shawl is about as far away from grannyness as it can get. Just gorgeous! If you’re worried call it a knitted wrap … see, doesn’t that feel better?! I’ve just finished Brooklyn Tweed’s Guernsey Wrap which is a long rectangular knitted wrap … perfect TV knitting. Complicated enough to keep it interesting but not so bad that you end up swearing, crumpling it into a ball and throwing it in the dark (rejected) corner!

  38. lisa g says:

    not granny at all! beautiful shawl, and beautiful photos!

  39. Jenn C says:

    Wow that’s beautiful! I’m definitely adding this to my Raverly wish list.

  40. I have just one thing to say to the Granny suggestion – Stevie Nicks. This is amazeballs btw xxx

  41. sewbutterfly says:

    Heck no, not a Granny! And, Bowie is a wonderful monitor! ;D Beautiful shawl!

  42. Gorgeous! I love the colors. And it really makes your eyes pop. I know lots of far younger than me knitters who happily sport shawls. Besides, you dress far too cool to look granny. Unless you look like someone’s awesome and stylish granny, which in that case is totally okay then. ;)

  43. greenmtngrrl says:

    SO pretty! Only a very stylish granny could get away with something like that.
    I just finished Halyard, too, and loved knitting it. It’s a well-written pattern and the knitting is easy. I did the complicated cables-and-lace border, but the picot border looks lovely and is much more straightforward.
    The other shawl I knitted this year was Ysolda Teague’s Marin, which was heaven to knit—fascinating but not hard. You need something easy (markers) to keep track of where you are automatically, and then the pattern just develops like magic. My partner wears hers every night.

  44. Graca says:

    Wow, that is one hip and stylish granny shawl! :) It is beautiful, you work that look well and those colours are gorgeous. Out here we would call it a wrap. Whatever it is call, it’s beautiful. Well done.

  45. Silvia says:

    I think grandchildren make you a granny. Shawls just keep you warm. Yours is lovely. I really liked knitting Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Välimäki. All garter stitch but short rows and color changes (you carry the yarn up the side so no masses of ends to weave) keep you into it.

  46. Geo P says:

    I don’t know if anybody said it before, but the first picture is amazing! The way the colors of the shawl reflect in the color of your eyes. Beautiful :) I don’t usually pay compliments, I just read and look at the pictures begrudgingly, but I had to say it this time.
    What is G&T?

  47. Ute says:

    What a beautiful shawl! And it would look great on a granny or a twentysomething alike. I love garments like shawls and cardigans that are (in my opinion!) ageless. And just imagine what well-dressed octogenarians we’ll all be after having practiced to knit all those vital accessories for decades … I heartily recommend embracing the whole OAP vibe and knitting Rililie’s wonderful Funky Grandpa cardigan (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/funky-grandpa)!

  48. Geo P says:

    Gin and tonic – duh

  49. EmSewCrazy says:

    Haha, granny… very funny. You look gorgeous in your opening photo! Seriously, your eyes pulled me in and demanded I read this post.. The shawl is lovely too.

  50. alexandra says:

    it does not make you a Granny . It’s very stylish. !!!!!!!!!

  51. MsTegan says:

    Beautiful colours. I’m about to make a poncho…is there a better way to say poncho? One that doesn’t call to mind a hokey Mexican restaurant? Anyway, I love your shawl and feel your pain.

  52. ashley828 says:

    I think non-grannies make shawls and wear them too :D

  53. Ros says:

    I recommend Stripe Study Shawl. So much potential for fun colour combinations. Here’s mine: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/rosclarke/stripe-study-shawl-2

  54. Michelle says:

    Not at all a granny! The shawl looks lovely! Shawls are one project I’ve avoided. I’m so intimidated by them. But, if I did have one, I’m sure I’d wear it all the time. Beautiful work!

  55. Sheena says:

    If you’re in the market for a simple, beautiful, wearable shawl, check out a pattern called “Loie” on ravelry. There is some simple cabling, but it looks to be a primarily easy knit.

    Also, well done! I love the colours you’ve chosen, and it looks really good on you, not granny-ish at all!

  56. Amanda says:

    That is gorgeous! Very stylish!

  57. Kathy Awe says:

    The shawl is beautiful and those little pointy bits around the edge look very time-consuming to knit but add a perfect finishing touch. Love it!

  58. Your shawl gives a whole new meaning to that article of clothing. This is gorgeous. Any granny – real or faux – would be proud to wear it!

  59. looks beautiful. I love the colour.

  60. Anita says:

    Beautiful!

  61. karine says:

    Unfortunately, I’ve never ever met a granny wearing such a gorgeous shawl !
    Your sister takes beautiful pictures !

  62. Amy says:

    Ooh it looks soooo good. It’s definitely not a granny thing. I am thinking it would be perfect for this cold teacher on playground duties. I may have been inspired to make one too!

  63. Beautiful photo and gorgeous shawl. Have just recently returned to knitting after a very long time as we were all looking for something to do at lunchtimes at work. Two scarfs in we were just talking about moving onto shawls next and not a granny among us.

  64. Very stylish and defo not granny-like!

  65. I made it!! says:

    Oh I would love to have one of those while sitting at my desk any day – so warm!

  66. Roobeedoo says:

    There are two sorts of blue rinse – I like to think that I have the funky kind, despite knitting and wearing shawls! :)
    I reckon you can spot the difference between “a Knitter” and “someone who knits” by whether or not they wear handknitted shawls. A committed “lifestyle knitter” is likely to have a collection of shawls because they are such fun to knit, and there comes a point when you have to start wearing some of the lovely things that you have made because they are so practical / warm / funky / colourful / pretty / unusual / stylish that it would be shame to give them all away. Yours is beautiful! And I reckon you may be teetering on the edge of becoming a Kapital K Knitter! ;)
    I recommend the Lonely Tree Shawl if you fancy trying out a lace pattern in a heavier weight yarn – it works up really quickly and is incredibly cosy as well as being pretty.
    If you like self-striping yarn, Stephen West has put it to good effect in many of his architectural shawls – like Spectra or Daybreak.
    And for something easy – Simple But Effective is exactly that :)
    Beware actual laceweight – it can be really temperamental and slow to knit. If you do fancy trying it out make sure the cable on your circular needle is flexible and kink-free. there is nothing worse than having to untangle your cable from your yarn at the end of each row!

  67. Jaana - says:

    Beautiful work … And looks lovely on you. If shawls are granny associated then I’ve been a granny all my life as I made my first shawl when I was 5 by watching my aunts, grandmothers and mother knit – learned by osmosis and still doing it and making up my patterns as I go along. Beautiful wool is my inspiration.

  68. Fadanista says:

    I love this pattern and the shawl. I don’t believe you look anything like a granny; you just look like a young woman wearing a gorgeous garment. I also knit shawls, gloves and socks, and have a queue of people who want me to knit for them – this is a trendy activity…

  69. CUP + PENNY says:

    It’s beautiful! Lovely photos, too! It does NOT look like a granny shawl, it looks elegant and sophisticated.

  70. Anne-Marie says:

    Beautiful and no you don’t look like a granny but who cares, when you can keep the draughts away by wearing a shawl? It’s such a stylish pattern – and you’ll love knitting socks (2 at a time on a circular needle?) as you’ll have a finished pair in a week (or two). And can knit them on the train, no problem.

  71. Gilraen says:

    Another vote for not granny like. In fact if I look around me more like highly fashionable.
    I love having a shawl over my shoulders in winter when watching TV

  72. megthegrand says:

    Beautiful work! Very not-granny, but glamorous with all of those divine colors. Well done!

    • Taja says:

      Absolutely not a granny, Karen! Your shawl is gorgeous!

      One of my favourite garments was a white stole corcheted for me by my mother when I was 15. I needed a wrap for a formal gown and my formal winter cape was much too warm for the season. Eventually, she made a second stole in black with silver thread intermingled. Talk about a mother’s love–she detested dark colours, black in particular!

      My mother did not knit, but she could–and did!–crochet just about everything imaginable.

      I recently decided to try to learn to crochet for about the 20th time. Into Week 2 and I’m still trying to maintain consistent chain stitches. I have a ton of chain stitch pigtails! I’m hoping to progress into something a tad more interesting in Week 3.

      Knitting probably will defeat me–I fear I lack the coordination for that!

  73. Tasia says:

    Gorgeous! Not at all granny-like. I think it’s how you style it too, and the colours you chose, that make it modern. It really is like getting to wear a blanket in public, but in the most stylish way possible.
    I made Terra – http://www.ravelry.com/projects/TasiaKnits/terra – and found it a nice simple modern design, perhaps just a little boring until you get to the edging, which makes it a good travel-knitting project. Personally I love all of the shawl patterns from Brooklyn Tweed as I think they balance modern & rustic well. Along the same lines I like Shaelyn http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shaelyn but haven’t knit it, and Mara http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mara-3 someone in my knitting group made it in charcoal grey, classic and not at all old-looking.
    Whatever you knit next, happy knitting! :)

  74. Roberta Fahrni says:

    BEAUTIFUL – well done!

  75. nita says:

    “I’ve Made A Shawl – Does That Make Me A Granny?” Ya, probably – lol! Seriously, that is a lovely shawl. Well done!

  76. yesilikethat says:

    Love your shawl! I knitted the Northern Lights shawl in Rowan’s Tapestry (RIP) a few years ago and now it is my winter comfort blanket. It has seen better days but I refuse to give it up. Very easy pattern to knit and looks great in subtle variegated or colour-changing yarn – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/revontuli–huivi-northern-lights

    I only ever wear mine bandana style with the point at the front. I then pull the ends round and tuck them underneath the front point. Super cosy and more likely to stay put than a scarf.

  77. You certainly don’t look like a granny! Love the blues on you and so impressed you made that shawl. I should add knitting to my goals for this year. I have to admit I feel intimidated but am always seeing such gorgeous projects, like yours, that makes me want to try!

  78. Eliza-sew-little says:

    If you’re a granny , I’m a pirate.
    It looks lovely.

  79. Liz says:

    That is gorgeous!

  80. Alessa says:

    Wow, it’s beautiful! You look very elegant, not like a granny at all (although there are some very elegant grannies out there, or so I’ve heard…)
    I’m currently working on a Percy shawl for my (*cough*) granny. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift, but I knit too slowly… The nubs are driving me just slightly crazy, but it’s a nice and not-too-big-or-complicated shawl project, I think.

  81. symondezyn says:

    Gorgeous colours, and such a pretty shawl!! :) I just started knitting this fall and first got a LOT of teasing from my friends and my man about being a granny, but now everyone’s got warm knitted prezzies, and the stylish garments I’m making, they’ve all stopped teasing LOL. Well done – I have my first shawl project in the queue too – in lace weight – wish me luck! :D

  82. Sewingjen says:

    Although I am a granny!! I have been knitting since I was 5, as has my 44 year old daughter and 10 year old grand daughter Saskia. Her school friends thought she was “well cool” when she presented them with a knitted and felted handbag for their birthday presents. All my friends husbands have received knitted socks for Christmas for a few years and after laughing told me that they would be more than happy to receive these as a Christmas present in future years, so not ashamed to be a knitting granny and passing this skill on to future generations. I also knit shawls in all weights as a fantastic alternative to the man made fibre cheap scarves in the shops today, which are all probably sweatshop made!!! My wool ones are much warmer and often admired!!

    • symondezyn says:

      That is so awesome – I think it’s a beautiful thing that you’ve inspired your daughter and daughter to learn knitting as well – I wish I could have learned from my granny but sometimes when I’m knitting I feel like she’s watching me and proud of me somewhere :)

      • Beautiful comments, both of you. Yes, I did slightly cringe at my blog post title, knowing that some grandparents would be reading. No disrespect intended, SewingJen – but I’m sure you know me by now!

  83. Ceri says:

    Beautiful photo Karen. That is the most un-granny-like shawl I’ve ever seen. :)

  84. Sewingjen says:

    None taken Karen I don’t feel like a granny anyhow!! And if my grand daughter thinks I’m ” cool” that’s good enough for me. She intends to master sock knitting this year, toe-up two socks together on circular needle, hope teaching her this method is enough to keep possible Alzheimer’s at bay!!!!!!

  85. I love shawls and I love knitting as well, this looks fabulous and teal is my favorite color. This is so lovely!

  86. eatcoastal says:

    I always love, “I never imagined you as a KNITTER!”…for some real non-Granny reading, I just read “The Yarn Harlot Rides Again”. Highly recommended!

  87. Robin says:

    If that makes a person look like a granny, then I want to look like a granny.
    It is gorgeous!

  88. Fiona says:

    It’s lovely, your choice of colour really makes it, and perfect for you! How about Rowan Birch for your next shawl? Free pattern on Ravelry!

  89. Such beautiful colors on you! Call it a wrap and any thought of Granny disappear :)

  90. the shaw is absolutely lovely – be kind to yourself – a really gorgeous make and the colour really suits you. Well done. :)

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