Lehe Square Shawl

Shortly after finishing the Baby Kina sweaters and Saartje’s Bootees, I finally blocked the Lehe Square Shawl. I started this shawl sometime last summer, and finished it this winter, then it lingered, complete and unblocked, for a good long while. Finally, there’s an FO to share, thanks to a day off.

Pattern: Lehe Square Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush. I’ve always thought of this shawl as the baby sister to the Crown Prince Lace Shawl from the same book. It has a similar look, but it’s smaller, doesn’t have any nupps, and the edging is easier to manage. Also, I think it’s a much prettier shawl than the photos in the book make it seem. Not that my photos are particularly amazing, but it’s really lovely in person!

Yarn: Sundara Yarn Lace Silky Merino, Earth Studies #198. This shawl used about two-thirds of the skein. This is a lovely colorway that is a little gray, green, and blue. I loved when I could trace the path of the working yarn around other stitches because it was slightly lighter or darker than background. It’s akin to seeing a vein under skin – the evidence of all the complexity beneath the surface.

Needles and finished dimensions: I used US 2.5 (3.0 mm) needles, and the shawl came out to be about 30″ x 28″.

I am not sure to whom I will give this shawl. I was originally thinking my grandma, but it’s both smaller than she likes, and not the perfect color for her. Hopefully the right recipient comes along soon!

In other, more exciting news, I did want to share that we will soon be adding another child to our family! I am expecting a baby girl in the beginning of October. As far as knitting is concerned, the “morning” (haha) sickness knocked the wind out of my sails for a good three months, but now I seem to be back on track. If past experience is any indication, things will be slow going for a while after giving birth, too, but it will be well worth it at the end, I’m sure ;).

35 thoughts on “Lehe Square Shawl

  1. Geri

    Congratulations on the imminent expansion of your family! How exciting! Hopefully you’ll be able to carve out some time to knit her some adorable things. I have done Lehe a couple of times and LOVE the pattern. I love how the math all works out with the border diamonds and the interior diamonds. I most recently knit it with fingering weight superwash yarn for a lovely lap blanket. It would also make a lovely baby blanket, too!

  2. Brenda

    The shawl is stunning, and congratulations on growing your family! I’m glad the sickness is behind you.

  3. Anna

    The shawl is lovely–I’ve thought about making that one but have been uncertain about it. This makes me want to put it on the maybe list. Congrats on the baby!

  4. Marjorie M

    Congratulations on your October arrival! How exciting! Now you can knit some of those pretty girl baby outfits for your own little one!

    Pretty shawl, too.

  5. Shannon

    Good to hear from you and congratulations on your expected little one! The shawl looks lovely.

  6. Jessica Dion

    Gorgeous shawl – I too often knit things and then wait for the recipient to come along. It’s great fun, when it all comes together, and you already have something made. Super Congratulations on your pregnancy!

  7. SHEILA

    The shawl is beautiful! Am excited for another little Grumperina . . I hope you have a girl!! Oh you said you are having a girl – – so so happy!

  8. Patti

    Congratulations Kathy! What an exciting time for your family. Greg will be a wonderful older brother.

  9. Susanne

    Congratulations!!!! I can’t wait to see the knitted things for little girls. Your shawl is gorgeous. It would be nice wrapped around your daughter.

  10. SquareMary

    Beautiful shawl and great news! Maybe you can wrap the baby in the shawl!

    As they say, one child is not enough and two is way too many… It will be great!

  11. Marla

    Kathy: beautiful shawl; I make shawls all the time that aren’t right for me, but do eventually find a home. Congrats on you new upcoming addition.

  12. Mary K. in Rockport

    1) Congratulations! It will be fun, I’m sure, to knit baby girl things for your own bambina. 2) The shawl is lovely, and 3) I hope that if you still have relatives in a troubled part of our world, that they are safe.

  13. Susan

    Such a pretty shawl! I never really noticed this one in the book. Definitely have to take a second look.

    And congratulations on the wonderful news about the new family addition :-) Hope you can enjoy the pregnancy now that the morning sickness is better. Our little one is already 15 months old and I’m constantly wondering where the time has gone. And how come our girl is in school already?! ;-)

  14. Amy

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to meet her. :) I wouldn’t mind an updated picture of Gregory, either. :)

  15. Suzanne Wilsey

    Congratulations on the beautiful blocking work, but even greater congratulations on the baby girl who will join Gregory in October. Such good news!

  16. Manise

    Gorgeous shawl! Congrats on the upcoming arrival of a new baby this fall! Such wonderful news!

  17. vicki

    This is so beautiful! I just got that book, and it must be the warmer weather that has me thinking of square shawls!

    I can only hope mine turns out a fraction as well as yours did.

    Take care

    Vicki

  18. June

    Girls are great!!! Enjoy all the cuteness when she arrives. Congrats again!!!

    Love the shawl, too – my heart just goes pitterpat with gossamer patterns.

  19. Quinn

    Congratulations to you and your family on that exciting news! Glad you are feeling better – hope the rest will be smooth sailing :)

    Really beautiful shawl, too!

  20. OzKnitter

    Congratulations! Best wishes for a smooth pregnancy. I’m looking forward to seeing what you knit for your little girl.

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