How do you like my Lace Leaf Shawl? This pattern is so well-written it's addictive. All credit to Evelyn A. Clark at Fibertrends- I completed this in ten days start to finish(ball to blog), including yarn availability crisis. Maybe that's nothing to you, but for me who sweats over lace, has far too many projects on the go and takes donkey's years to finish even beloved projects, that is not long at all.
I can't wait to cast on another of her patterns, I have learnt so much about construction while doing this pattern too. Think it will be Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style, just because I've got it- I'll be surfing the net for Evelyn Clark's other patterns.
This current Lace Leaf Shawl has instructions for all different yarn weights. I did mine in Rowan Kid Classic, shade "Royal" #835. Don't worry India , I won't be offended if you don't touch it, I know Kid Classic doesn't agree with you! 70% Lambswool, 26% Kid Mohair, 4% Nylon. I bought the pattern from getknitted and the wool from English Yarns, both in sidebar.
You can just keep knitting and knitting until it's the size you want because you are starting at the back neck and radiating from there, but mine is between small and large on the pattern notes. Medium, if you like! 106cm neck to point, 200cm wing-span.
If you ever knit this pattern or something similar- don't underestimate how much yarn you will need for the edging and the cast off. The 15-row edging plus slightly different cast off took nearly a full ball (140m on full ball) which caused much panic and raking round the stash. In my mind I had four balls of this but I had forgotten I had used some of it for making my Flora, which you can see in my archives around October 2/3 last year. I managed to find the remainder of that fourth ball thankfully, and made it with just a couple of metres to spare.
I used Jaeger beads for the edging and hooked them on as per instructions. I quite like that method because you don't need to string the beads, and you know how your yarn can get a bit worn with the friction from the beads. Great for on-the-hoof embellishments too.
All in all a really good fun knit, with surprisingly little swearing and heartache. Pardon my indulgence with all the detail shots, but you could say I'm quite fond of this one. All I need now is somewhere glam to wear it..... K x