Shetland Tea Shawl

I knitted most of this last week while we were waiting to hear if our house was burned down or not. As with the possum scarf, this shawl will always remind me of this last stressful week.

I used the first and second lace motif and then made up my own for the third lace round. I wanted to knit this such that the lace motifs became smaller as the rounds became bigger. I thought it would look neat. I also did this for a short term project (because I'm avoiding Erin) and I didn't want to wade through probable errors for the third motif. I used the edging given in the errata sheet, and it is beautiful.

I reckon I spent about a third of the total knitting time knitting on the edging. I began by following the direction (k the lace edge and a body stitch together), but it produced a "lump" on the front of the work. I progressed by slipping the body stitch over the first lace stitch before I began knitting the row of edging, and it turned out just fine.

The yarn is Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace in the Cedar colorway. I think it's 50% silk and 50% merino. I liked working with this yarn very much. It looks like silver in the sunlight, and a beautiful sea foam green indoors. My only complaint is that the yarn has very little color difference throughout, and in places the shawl simply looks like I got a dab of bleach on it. But, the weight and flow of the shawl is perfect.

Overall I really enjoyed knitting this, but I'm not sure I'll wear it. There is just no way a round shawl looks like anything BUT a table cloth to me.

Check the Errata Sheet before you begin knitting this.


Blogger fluffbuff said...

Wow, what a fantastic job, and you knit most of it in one week!?
Yes, Helen's lace is 50/50 merino/silk. I used it for one of my shawls and loved it. After I knit that shawl, I found out that Helen's Lace is nothing other than Zephyr hand dyed by Lorna's Lace. If you like the yarn and the solid colors in the Zephyr line, you'll save a lot of money.

I hope your house is ok.

3:53 AM  
Blogger Octopus Knits said...

Beautiful job!

10:40 PM  
Blogger tiffibug said...

This is just absolutely gorgeous!

5:37 PM  

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