Saturday, June 03, 2006

Look what I made!

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 Posted by Picasa

16 comments:

Poshyarns said...

Oh it's gorgeous, really, really scrumptious and I can't believe how fast you've completed it. I am very envious, the pattern is lovely and it looks so soft and touchable.

alltangledup said...

it's beautiful and the colour really suits you. I am also a great fan of Evelyn Clark...and I think all the photos are fabulous.

Poshyarns said...

Hi again Kathleen,

You asked about the Debbie Bliss silk I used, I love the yarn but had a disaster with my earlier pattern, the wrapover top, however this was definately not the yarn's fault and I don't resent it at all. The colours are really lovely and it knits up very quickly to make a soft, light fabric, lovely drape. I think it will rip out OK too. I enjoyed working with a heavier weight silk.

Mhairi said...

Kathleen - the shawl is beautiful, I need to get a copy of that pattern, it is absolutely divine!
The colour suits you so well, and it looks so glamorous, I can tell this ones a keeper.

Sue said...

It's GORGEOUS!

You are so clever, still no FO's at this end, but fingers crossed for tomorrow!

Sue
xxx

Emma said...

Stunning ! That's a fabulous shawl and you look gorgeous. Really. A great outfit with that skirt.

linda said...

It looks so lovely on you, particularly with that skirt. I'm a great Kid Classic fan, so I'll have to find this pattern. The hedge shot is great.

carol said...

Fabulous Kathleen - lovely shawl, colour everything. You look very elegant wearing it with the skirt. Such a quick knit for you too - 10 days is super quick!

carol said...

PS Thanks for tip re the afterthought beads. I shall have to look in to this technique further.

Anita said...

It's really gorgeous - great colour and it must feel lovely as well. I'm a big fan of Evelyn Clark, something about the way she writes her patterns just 'clicks' doesn't it?

I hope you've had occasion to wear your beautiful knitting already?!

Sarah said...

It's beautiful! Imagine finishing something in 10 days... I love the color. It looks like something you're going to love wearing.

roddy said...

Heyyy Batgirl!
Roddy x

Shelly said...

Is this pattern one you think could be done with color changes that would match the pattern of leaves?

Thanks,
Shelly
http://theyarntart.blogspot.com

Shelly said...

Thank you for your reply. I have done intarsia once, but would not attempt it with a pattern of this level.

Your shawl is beautiful.

Shelly
http://theyarntart.blogspot.com

Lorena said...

It's so BEAUTIFUL! Really, truly, lovely!

Melina said...

I love lace knitting and am really intrigued at the use of Kid Classic. I had never though to use it in a lace knit shawl. I love yours and was wonding how many balls you used to make the one in the picture?