Posts Tagged ‘Knit shawls’

This is the Lisianthus shawl. The pattern was written by Rosemary Hill, who also makes fabulous shawl pins.

This pattern was a real treat to knit. Just challenging enough to engage my attention, but not so difficult that I couldn’t have the TV on. Actually, I watched a lot of Battlestar Galactica on Hulu while knitting this, at least 20 episodes. I feel like I should name the shawl after one of the characters at this point.

The yarn is Love Potion No. 3 from TheGossamerWeb, on Etsy. I got two shawls out of this skein! Although, I did run out of yarn while binding off this one. I had to pick out 3/4 of the bindoff, tink back two rows, and then bind off after the next-to-last purl side row. I did a little rewriting of the chart in order to do this, but it worked out just fine. If anyone reading this has the same issue, leave a comment and I’ll scan and email my revised chart to you.

Because I knew that yarn would be tight, I subbed size 6 silver-blue beads for the nupps called for in the pattern. In addition to saving on yarn (nupps use a ton of yarn, beads do not) the beads also weigh down the shawl a bit. This is a good thing. This yarn is so light and airy that it doesn’t really want to drape; it floats around in the slightest puff of air. The beads give it just enough weight to drape nicely without stretching out the pattern, and as you can see from the photos the shawl still flutters nicely in a good breeze.

This was my 27th lace shawl. It’s been a while since I kept one for myself. This one is staying with me. I love it!


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Garden Shawl triangle, with my fun party dress.

This one’s for Mom.

This is the Garden Shawl. The pattern was written by Dorothy Siemens. I’ve done another of her patterns before, Peacock Feathers. Both were well written, although I liked the Garden Shawl better. I modified this pattern to make a triangular shaped shawl, both because I like knitting triangles better than squares (less edging!) and because the yarn I chose came in 1100 yarn skeins, and I didn’t want to shell out for 2 skeins. I used all but 18 grams of my 100 gram skein, so my triangle shawl used just over 900 yards.

I’m going to refrain from naming the yarn I used in this very public space. Sufficient to say, it is 100% silk, light laceweight (but heavier than cobweb) and looked very pretty in the skein. I found 4 knots in the skein and innumerable slubs, and for the price I paid, this is absolutely inexcusable. On the other hand, my Russian joins are now perfect.

(For anyone not in the know, a Russian join is a tricky but lovely method of joining yarn back together after a break or, in this case, after cutting out a knot.)

I had a lot of fun with this pattern. As I said before, I modified the pattern shape. It was written as a large square, with four triangular panel sections divided by long straight “flower panel” runners, and edged with a lace border. I took it down to a two triangular sections, which together make one large triangle, separated  and edged on the sides by the flower panels, and then edged at the bottom with the lace edging. Knitters interested in the technical details can visit my Ravelry project page here.

This was my 25th lace shawl! Now I’m going to take a break and knit a sweater. Don’t worry, it’s nice and complicated.


As and end note, could anyone recommend blogging software for a Mac? In case you can’t tell, I’m having some issues here. The WordPress web interface leaves a bit to be desired.

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Is this my fourth post for the year? Yep, I’ve been busy.

Happily, not to busy to knit.

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This is the South Seas Stole. I very much enjoyed the interesting stitch patterns DSCN1091in this project, although ultimately I wasn’t happy with how they displayed when I blocked the shawl. Overall, however, the shawl turned out very nicely – as you can see from the photos, it is extremely light, even gauzy.


The yarn I used was wonderful!It is called “Love Potion No. 3” and it was hand-DSCN1090dyed by this lady. The color is vibrant, and the yarn was a dream to work with, despite the fine gauge.








DSCN1113 The second shawl is Miralda’s Triangular Shawl, from the book Knitted Lace of Estonia. I usually enjoy bobbles and other textured stitches, but not so much in this shawl. I think that the root of my dissatisfaction stems from the yarn, which is a silk and wool blend from Blackberry Ridge. At this point, I am accustomed to working with very fine and smooth lace yarns. Lately I’ve been working with cobweb and gossamer weights almost exclusively. The Blackberry Ridge yarn was a DSCN1115heavier laceweight, almost up into the fingering weight range, and had a springy, sticky feel. Don’t mistake me – it is very nice yarn. It’s just not the type of yarn that I enjoy working with.





It’s nice to have two shawls to show off! Now, back to physics and calculus for me…



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It seems like a long time since I finished my last shawl. Usually I knock one off every five weeks or so, but this one was an unusually slow knit, and has had a few issues as well.DSCN1167

Still, it is lovely.

It is also, as you can see, quite large! It measures 34″ from neck to point, and 80″ from tip to tip. I knit it in Jaggerspun Zephyr, on US size 4 needles. The pattern calls for a cobweb weight yarn. Zephyr is on the thicker side of laceweight, which explains the 20″ difference between the pattern measurement and what I got!

The color of Zephyr I used is called “blueberry.” It is a lovely, smoky blue color. I might have to get some more and make something else in this color. This is my third shawl using Zephyr. It really is everything that it’s cracked up to be. DSCN1161 Easy to knit with, enough bounce to handle crazy lace stitches, a nice sheen from the silk content, and enough silk to make it block and stay blocked really well while still having enough wool to still handle like a good wool yarn should. Yes, there’s more Zephyr in my future!

One of the reasons I chose this shawl pattern was so that I could ease my way DSCN1157into two-way lace knitting, where there are lace stitches on every row. All of my previous lace projects have used lace stitches on every other row, with a plain “rest” row in between. One of my long-term goals has been to knit a traditional Shetland shawl, which will mean a lot of two-way lace. After I finish the shawl I just cast on, the Shetland is next!

LMP is destined for a friend in Nashville. I wore it a little last week, but last night I folded it, wrapped it up in a box and addressed it, and today I’ll go to the post office and say goodbye. However, it is going to a great home, so it’s not too hard to send it away.


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Pattern: Wing-‘o-the-Moth Shawl

Materials: 3 oz Jaggerspun Zephyr laceweight (see below for color)

Needles: US size 5 32″ circulars (or maybe 4s?)

Cast-on: November 21, 2007

Finished: December 6, 2007

Wow, was this a fast knit! I cast on over the Thanksgiving holiday and never really worked all that hard on it, but somehow it was finished the first week of December. Usually, a lace shawl takes me about 5 weeks of fairly intensive work. I think that this went quickly because the pattern repeats were easily memorizable. The last 50 rows or so were very long, taking 20 minutes or more each to knit, but the patterning was simple enough that I could take it everywhere and work amid almost any distraction.

Simple did not translate to dull: almost every stitch is shaped, with only a few channels on the border going straight up-and-down. Both the shawl-in-progress and the finished piece were visually interesting, and I received tons of compliments on the work both before and after I blocked it.


Pre-blocking, I thought that it looked a bit like the egg-carton foam that you can buy to put on your mattress.


The pattern called for a size 6 needle, but I have worked with Zephyr before and knew that I would not be happy with the lace on that large a needle. I started out on 5s, decided the lace was still too large, ripped back and started in again with 4s. It was a good decision. The lace motifs looked nice, and the finished shawl measured 68″ from tip to tip.


I made two small changes. The more obvious change is in the bind-off. The pattern calls for a regular, straight-edged bindoff, but I decided to try a crochet chain bind-off. It is a bind-off that I have used before and liked. It is nice and stretchy, a bit less tedious than my normal stretchy bind-off, and complemented the shawl edging. I also substituted a purl stitch for the K1tbl stitch that was specified for the center channel of the return rows. I think that the K1tbl stitch is supposed to draw in the YO stitches in the center channel, but I found that for me it made them look loose and sloppy. I’ve never had that problem before, so I decided to forget about the twisted stitch and go with a straight purl. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

I’ve knit with Zephyr before. It’s a nice soft cuddly lace yarn with just a bit of sheen from the silk content. I wound the yarn off of a cone that a friend bought, so I don’t have the color name. Maybe she will leave a comment and tell us what that color name is? I thought that the gray was quite flat, but many of my friends have commented that the color was interesting and had depth, so perhaps we are perceiving the color differently.

One last item: I’ve noticed that I get a lot of hits from people who Google the names of the projects I’ve written about. I know that when I do a search before starting a project, I want to see good clear detailed pictures and know about any pitfalls in the pattern, so I’m trying to write more about those things. Is there anything else I should include? Are the photos clear enough, or should I do more close-ups? I’m open to suggestion!

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I wish, I wish, I wish that I could take a decent photograph of this shawl.

Alas, it is not to be.


Pattern: Icarus Shawl, by Mirian Felton, published in Interweave Knits, Summer 06.
Materials: Claudia’s Handpainted Yarns, Silk Lace, color “Woodland Moss.”
Needles: Size 3 circular
Cast on: May 26, 2007
Finished: June 26, 2007

I can’t say enough about the yarn. The colorway is beautiful. I had the skein (all 1,100 yards of it!) wound into a center-pull ball, and it looked like spun gold. The silk is soft, lustrous and smooth, everything that silk should be. I took it home to pet it for about a week before I did anything else.

Being silk, it blocks ridiculously well. I blocked my swatch and then put it through my usual test: dropped it in the bottom of my knitting bag and left it to rattle around for a month. I forgot it was there, pulled it out one day, and it looked like I had just knit and blocked it that morning. I pinned and spritzed both the swatch and the finished shawl to block.

Do you know how strong silk is? It is one of the strongest natural fibers. Spider silk has a tensile strength comparable to steel. A few weeks ago, I visited someone’s house while wearing this shawl. He had a little dog. The dog jumped up on me, and his dewclaw caught the edge of my shawl. The poor dog! He yelped and cried and couldn’t get free no matter how much he struggled. We finally got him detached and then everyone looked at the shawl, very panicked. We couldn’t even find where he got caught. The shawl is fine. The dog was quite unhappy. (He recovered quite quickly and 10 minutes later was running around like nothing had ever happened.)

The pattern is straightforward; most of it is stockinette. The only trouble I had was when the weather was warm and my hands began to sweat, because the yarn clung to my fingers instead of sliding through as it should.

This colorway is lovely. Greens and golds and browns, just the thing to go with red hair. As I already said, I can’t get it to photograph well. I did use a cropped photo, in sepia, for the header of this blog. Here’s another photo a friend took while we were shopping one day:


Why yes, that is a knitting needle you see in my hair! It’s a size 8 Clover bamboo DPN. If you would like to view a tutorial on this hairstyle, please visit this page of my blog.


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Materials: Jaggerspun Zephyr laceweight, color “peacock”

Needles: size 5 circulars

Pattern: Peacock Feathers Shawl, from Fiddlesticks Knitting

Cast on: June 27, 2007

Finished: July 28, 2007

A friend of mine bought a whole 1 pound cone of laceweight Zephyr. I’m not sure if the realization of just how much laceweight yarn 5,040 yards really is occured to her at the time. A few weeks later, she let me reel off 4 oz, for $10.

A little after that, I entered a gift exchange. The theme was crafty, and the limit was $15, so I thought, hey, why not?

The pattern and the finished shawl are both just lovely. The final product was, indeed, 88″ across and 43″ inches top to bottom – in other words, huge.

This pattern came with a little gauge pattern and specific instructions for a gauge swatch. The idea seemed to be that you knit this little square, block it, and at the end it should measure 7″ across. Fair enough.

I knit the little block on the suggested needles, and it was way too small. I’m a loose knitter, so this was surprising. I moved up 2 sizes, to 6s, and now the block was the right size. However, the lace pattern was, to my eye, unattractively loose. I liked the pattern better on 4s. I did some math, and decided that on 4s, the shawl would be unacceptably small. So I knit the swatch again, on fives, decided that the lace looked OK, crunched some more numbers, and figured that the shawl would come out around 72″ – a nice size. Of course, as I mentioned above, it came out bang on the money at 88″. I’m really, really glad I didn’t knit it at gauge!

I blocked it, as I do most of my large lace pieces, on a plaid flannel sheet. The straight lines are awesome guides. I used 6 long blocking wires and about 182 pins.

I was a bit sad to say “goodbye” to the shawl and put it in the mail, but the recipient seems to be happy with it, so I think that it has gone to a good home!

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