I thought I would barely eke out this shawl when I only had 20 days to knit it. Then I had a break-up and moved over 100 miles away, so I thought I’d never get it done.
Perseverance and a long train commute can do wonders.
Pattern: Flower Basket Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark, from Interweave Knits Fall 2004 and available for purchase from Fiber Trends (here on Ravelry)
Size: approximately 63-inch wide triangular shawl, 31.5-inch long at center point
Yarn: Colourmart Silk 32/120NM DK weight 8-ply, color moss green, 100% silk; I used about half my cone, totaling approximately 80 grams/2.8 oz or 328.6 yards/300.5 meters.
Needles: size 7 (4.5mm) Knit Picks Options nickel-plated circular needle
Modifications: Changed yarn weight, added two repeats of Lower Flower Basket chart
Started: October 5, 2008
Finished: October 24, 2008
I think even if I weren’t driven to finish this shawl for an October 25 wedding, it would have gone pretty quickly.
The lace was intuitive and easy to memorize within rows. It still amazes me that such lovely shapes can be created with simple yarn-overs and decreases.
The pattern calls for holding lace-weight yarn double, but I decided I’d rather use a single strand of DK for neater lines. That gave me the opportunity to use this delicious silk, which made the whole project feel special.
I did get to wear it to the wedding, and I must thank my friends for unwittingly taking FO shots which I unscrupulously borrowed.
Note to self: learn how to wear shawls.
As you can see, the size is okay, but not quite as large as I would have liked. I thought part of it might have been issues with blocking, seeing as the only surface available the night before the wedding was my mattress, leaning against the wall in a hallway. I blocked it vertically, without measuring, trying to just stretch like mad, and I think I could have done a little better with that.
Still it was passable, and I am suitably charmed by turning a green blob in a sink into an adult-size shawl (or shawlette, whatever).
The yarn was as luminous and lovely as I thought it would be. It was a tad splitty, I suspect because it is actually a lot of very thin singles plied but not really spun together. I’ve never knit with pure silk before, so this might be a common experience, but it certainly wasn’t enough to deter me.
The color is a fantastic, delicate spring green that makes me happy every time I see it. I think it is now listed as “pistaccio” on Colourmart’s site (their spelling), but there are so many delectable shades of silk there you really can’t go wrong.
The whole cone, of which I used about half, cost $20 including shipping, so I will definitely be able to make something else with it too. That’s a pretty great value for such a special-feeling project.
I would enthusiastically recommend this pattern for beginner and experienced lace knitters alike. While I wish I’d made my shawl bigger, I am still happy with the finished project and look forward to many more lace shawls in my future.