Over the weekend I reached the end of this shawl, but I had so much yarn left over that I decided to add extra repeats of the border. Then I decided that all that openwork needed a little bit of garter stitch to ground it, and then I added more border rows. It ended up so long that it occupied the entire length of my kitchen table for blocking. (Photos were taken just after I removed the blocking pins. “Don’t touch boys!” Touch. Touch. Grab!)
Last fall, when we were in Georgia for a visit, my baby sister, Angie, requested a shawl that she could use as a nursing cover with the baby boy she is expecting this month. I was all, “Really? A knitted nursing cover for a summertime Georgia baby?” But I guess it won’t be summer forever down there. I chose the Antarktis pattern because it has so much openwork (Is that what you call it? All those yarnovers?) and I paired it with an amazing summery yarn. The shawl is nice and airy and long and I think it will work for her. If not, she can just wait until the weather cools off and she’ll have what I hope she thinks is a pretty accessory. She’s a brown-eyed brunette and I think the color will be amazing on her.
As far as difficulty goes, this isn’t a hard pattern, and I love that it is all garter stitch. No purling! I think that if you can work a knit two together, and a yarn over, and can read a pattern, you could knit this. I suspect I’ll knit it again someday.
This shawl will go in the mail today! I’m so happy that I was able to finish it before baby’s arrival!