Christmas Gift Project – Haruni Shawl

Breigh December 24, 2010 18

Yay, I can finally blog about one of my Christmas gift projects!  Remember the Mystery Project? My mother in law phoned us today to let us know that her package had arrived in France (whew! I was getting worried!) and she had opened it already. Tsk tsk, naughty!  That means I can blog about it now!

I made her a Haruni Shawl, which I can safely say is the most difficult thing I have knitted to date.  It required massive amounts of concentration and a lot of time.  I even took it to Canada with me to complete because I was so afraid I wouldn’t finish it in time to begin my next project.


I chose a really soft Alpaca wool from Drops, it was so lovely to work with.  I can’t wait to make something with this wool again!  I loved the color and my husband and I were sure that it would look beautiful on my mother in law.

Starting out it really didn’t look like much of anything.  I was knitting and paying strict attention to the pattern because I was so terrified to make a mistake.  The process for making the shawl is knitting it, then soaking it in lukewarm water, and stretching it out to make the shape.  Before stretching it out it’s really difficult to see if the pattern is forming properly, which rattled my nerves something fierce!


There were a lot of stitches involved, towards the end there were over 500 and I had to count each and every one again and again because I was so afraid I missed one or added another along the way.  Part way through I went and bought some stitch markers and that made life much easier.  I still counted obsessively but I was a little more confident while doing so.

I wish I’d taken more photos during the process but I was so busy working on it and trying to get it done that I just didn’t think of it.

While I was in Canada I took advantage of the space in my mother’s house and used the rug on her dining room floor to stretch and pin the shawl.  I also had her to help me, which made it a little easier. I could have done it on my own but it helped to have my mother there to tell me it really does look the way it should.

Yeah, I’m needy like that.


As I started stretching it out and pinning it, I saw the pattern starting to take shape, which was a huge relief.  It was like the moment of truth after a month of working hardcore to get this done.


This is the final product! YAY!  I was so proud of myself when I had it all stretched out and saw that I actually did do it right! Wahoo!  The color is different in this photo because I had to use the flash, the first two photos are a better representation of the lovely purple color.

When my MIL phoned this morning she said she loved it and was wearing it around all day yesterday.  I was tickled right down to my toes!  This was such a big project for me and was such a learning experience, it makes me really happy that she likes it and will wear it.

Even though it was difficult, I really enjoyed making this shawl.  I think it’s something I would definitely do again, either this patterns or others like it.  Especially in the alpaca wool, that stuff is awesome.

Merry Christmas, Nicole!  I’m so glad you like it! xoxo


  1. Gen December 24, 2010 at 9:51 am - Reply

    So nice!!!! I totally want one too!! If you can make that, I have no doubt you can make socks!!

    • Breigh December 24, 2010 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Thanks Gen! Once I am finished with the Christmas projects, I’m TOTALLY going to tackle learning to make socks. If you really want a shawl I would happily make one for you in the new year. Just tell me what kind of color you’d like :)
      There are also lots of patterns for scarves with similar patterns if you prefer that!

  2. Sonya December 24, 2010 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Beautiful job Tammy..Hey now,Im gonna have to get inline for a scarf or something too! Im so proud of’s beautiful :)

    • Breigh December 24, 2010 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sonya :) Looks like I’ll be knitting a lot of scarves this year! hehe

  3. Monica Van Maanen December 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful gift!

    • Breigh December 24, 2010 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks Monica :)

  4. Invader Stu December 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Wow. That’s amazing. I would not have a clue how to even start knitting. Did you tell her Santa will be sending her a lump of coal next year for opening her present early? :p

  5. karen Rorison December 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    That is the most amazing thing I have ever seen and I come from a family of knitters, as you well know. Wow, Tammy. You should be soooo proud of yourself. Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best in 2011. Love Karen

    • Breigh December 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Karen, I wish I’d taken advantage of all the knitters in the family when they were around. Man, the things Nana could have taught me! Hope you guys have a great Christmas! xoxo

  6. Suzy December 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Hey Tammy,
    Saw this on my phone and had to come see it on the bigger screen. It’s beautiful!!…and what a great color!

    O and you getting Stu’d is too cute!!

    • Breigh December 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Suzy, I absolutely love the color too. I love anything purple :)

  7. Kimmy December 26, 2010 at 5:14 am - Reply

    This is GORGEOUS!! I love it :)

    Merry Christmas to you and Xander! :)

  8. LisaB December 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    That is very impressive! And blocking really is magic!

  9. Tiadayan January 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Love the gift. Beautiful piece. I know what you mean about counting obsessively. Made myself a shawl, not as delicate as your MIL’s but had to count the stitches in several places. Then found myself counting all the time, even when I didn’t have to . . . I couldn’t seem to stop counting. I tried switching to counting in Spanish but my feeble mind would drift back to counting in English.

  10. Shirley September 21, 2011 at 7:08 am - Reply

    That shawl will worth very very expensive in the future, given the love and sweat you put doing it. Very well done!

  11. Nina March 19, 2012 at 6:26 am - Reply

    The shawl is beautiful! Your MIL must have been thrilled :)

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