Daybreak shawl

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I have procrastinated about knitting or crocheting a shawl for ages.

I don’t see myself as a ‘wrap myself in a shawl’ type of gal.  I’ve admired them as great works of beautiful complicated knitted lacework but had no real desire to drape one around my shoulders aka ‘Old Mother Hubbard’. At least not in public.Old mother hubbard

Then I realised that they didn’t have to be worn like that at all. That actually they would perfectly fill that v shaped gap in the top of a jacket, made chilly by the autumn air, without bulking up around the neck. Duh!

I came across this unisex Stephen West pattern for the Day Break Shawl on ravelry.

Daybreak Shawl by Stephen West
Daybreak Shawl by Stephen West

A perfectly simple knit that would, in cream and blue, slip right into my wardrobe.

Daybreak Shawl by Stephen West
The start of my daybreak shawl

It was a perfect travelling companion over the last week

Knitting on trains

Having taken an awful long time to knit a scarf on a previous occasion and found it itchy next to my skin  I took great pains to make sure I could actually wear this.

At great expense I am using a Madlelinetosh Merino Light in Antler and this amazing slow colour change Schoppel zauberball in blue/navySchoppel zauberball

When my OH asks me ‘what are you knitting now?’ I say, ‘a scarf’.

‘Oh’, he says. ‘Why is it curving?’

He wouldn’t understand ‘shawl’.

Love Lucie x



  1. Last year I was tempted to buy a beautiful and delicate lace knit shawl even though, like you, I love shawls on other people but can’t see myself in one. I didn’t knit it myself as I prefer chunkier (faster!) projects. It has languished, ever since, over the shoulders of one of my vintage french mannequins. I stroke it every time I go past. However, as you say, you don’t have to wear a shawl around your shoulders so I might dig mine out and wear it as a scarf but, not yet, as we are having our belated summer and it is 30 degrees today.


  2. I love the colour scheme. That’s going to look lovely. I go through phases where I live in scarves and shawls and then don’t wear them for ages. I find they get in the way at work (caught on my keys/lanyard or once, memorably, in the drawer of my desk which highly amused my year 8 bottom set!) But you’re right. We should celebrate the scarf/shawl/cowl! I shall wear mine with pride (but maybe not tomorrow as the forecast is warm and I don’t want to get caught in a drawer on my first day of new classes!)

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  3. I’m not a scarf or shawl person mainly because I don’t feel the cold, but I have started a lacy cream shawl just because it’s so beautiful!! Love your colour choice:)


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