FO: Girasole Shawl

EDITED 11/9/09  Here’s a tracking spreadsheet for the Girasole – take, use, adapt as you wish. Remember to leave a comment to say you took a copy.


Girasole Tracker.xlsx

My first circular shawl. This was intended to be a practice run, in preparation for a blanket-sized version later.

This pattern is very simple to knit and suitable for the relatively novice lace knitter. The beauty of the piece arises from its geometry and simplicity.


Knitted without lifelines. Some tinking involved: once at 320 stitches and once at 640 stitches. Both times in setting the pattern after the increase row, when I lost rhythm. Once the pattern is established, it is easily “read” and errors can be corrected swiftly. I tried stitch markers at 640 stitches, with 40 repeats to mark. They lasted one row before I took them out again!


Max repeats in the pattern as written is 80.

Most of the shawl was knitted between the 12th and 23rd of April, with a few days’ rest in the middle. Edging took two days…


Cast on Date:
February 11, 2009

Cast on: plain

Pattern: Girasole by Jared Flood at Brooklyn Tweed

Yarn: Colourmart Baby Merino 3/15NM Fingering Weight £11.58/300gms

Amount: 218 gms

Cost: approx £8

Colour: 1639 Rustic

Needles: 4.0mm Addi Lace circular

Stitches: 640

Pattern Repeats: as printed

Blocked: Yes

Finished Size:

Cast Off: knitted-on lace edging

Cast Off Date: April 23, 2009

Ravelry Project: Girasole the First

Edging took 2 days
Edging took 2 days

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  1. Marush
    January 31, 2010

    Wish I’d had this when I knitted my Girasole just before Christmas 2009. I’m sure I’ll knit again & use your tracker for NaKnitMo. Thanks!

  2. Jessie
    March 19, 2010

    What a wonderful tracker to stumble upon, since I plan to knit this shawl soon!

    (You know, I learn more excel stuff from these things–it’s amazing.)

    Thank you!


  3. April 12, 2010

    Thanks very much for the Girasole Tracker! I’ll need it – I’ll be starting the blanket version mid-May this year. I’m also linking to this post on my blog, so others can find (and use) it.

    • April 12, 2010

      You are very welcome. Do pop back with a photograph of your finished Girasole. We shall love to see it.

      • August 12, 2010

        The best photo is up on my blog, here. I really don’t think I could’ve finished Girasole on schedule without your wonderful tracker!

  4. Eva
    May 16, 2010

    Thanks you so much. I just got started with this project and looking forward to completion. Your website is great. I enjoyed your work and creative spirit.

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