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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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