Saturday, July 19, 2008

FO: Flower Basket Shawl


If you saw me this past Wednesday at NDG knitting night, this is what I was working on: the Flower Basket Shawl (by Evelyn A. Clark), from the fall 2004 issue of IK. (That issue is no longer available, but Fiber Trends sells the pattern.) I love how this turned out. I love the size: 49.5 inches across the top, by 24 inches deep at the point. I love the yarn: Handmaiden Mini Maiden (50% silk, 50% wool).


The pattern calls for laceweight yarn held double, knit on 4.5mm needles. The Mini Maiden is considered a fingering weight yarn, and I used a 4.0mm needle. I didn't want this shawl to be super open and airy; instead, I want to wear it as a warm scarf. The pattern calls for seven repeats of the basket lace chart, and I did ten repeats. I only used three-quarters of the skein, so I certainly could've knit more repeats, but I didn't want it to get too big. I think it turned out perfectly. In fact, my only complaint is that I cannot get these photos to show the true deep richness of the peacock-blue yarn. So forget the colour. Rest assured it is gorgeous. But so is the shawl, so here are a couple of faded photos for you:



Seeing the wrong colour drives me crazy, but the faded colour is just kind of pretty. It really sets off my priceless heirloom shawl pin, too, don't you think?

I'm thinking of casting on for an Icarus Shawl next, or maybe the Go Fly a Kite Shawl. Or can I hold out until Twist Collective goes live on August 1? Because they're going to have a shawl. (Hold your mouse over circles 44 and 29.) Which Twist previews are you most anticipating?

24 comments:

claudia said...

Look how cute that is on you!

Gudrun Johnston said...

Left you a comment on flickr but I'll say it again here....very beautiful....love those faded photos...I'm quite into taking black and white with a touch of colour at the moment as I really like the effect it creates.

Ruby Banshee said...

Lovely. The size and weight do look perfect.
28 and 58!!!

Protagitron said...

So cute. I love how the flower basket pattern is easy to adjust for gauge and drape as well. And the yarn is richer in real life? Well, damn.
And thanks for the heads up on Twist Collective. I want to be wearing whatever 62 is right now (in a cooler clime) and the brick-coloured sweater of 14 and perhaps 25 as well looks lovely.

Chris said...

It's gorgeous!

gleek said...

such a gorgeous shawl and pattern! have you tried changing the white balance on your camera to reflect the outside lighting conditions? you might get better color that way.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

It looks great Alison! Too bad I missed you on Wednesday night.

Love the tee as a shawl pin. I think you need one of these: http://www.robynsnest.ca/xcart/home.php?cat=305

:)

Hope to see you soon!

regina in nyc said...

You and your shawl are adorable.

Maria said...

Gorgeous! I think you should start another shawl! You could be a long ways into it by August 1. Maybe even finished!?!

Stacey said...

so pretty!!!! Icarus is one of my favorites

Michelle said...

It's beautiful, faded color and all!

Your hair is awesome, too -- have I said that yet?

ingrid said...

What a lovely shawl, Alison! It's just beautiful.

Queen of the froggers said...

I love your shawl, such a great colour!

Anonymous said...

That's a golf tee isn't it? (your shawl pin)

Your shawl is beautiful! I made one in a dk weight and use it for more of a scarf too. Nice and toasty. I can't wait for Twist!

beth (big geek)

Jodi said...

What a gorgeous shawl! I've been eyeing Mini Maiden for quite a while -- such lovely, soft stuff. Please update us on how it holds up! I was a bit concerned about possible pilling.

Leslie said...

This is beautiful! I think the color is awesome.

Lisa said...

Beautiful work! I have some handmaiden seasilk that I've been kind of saving for the shetland triangle... but this is temptimg me!

La Cabeza Grande said...

The first couple of photos hint at the beautiful peacock hue of the Handmaiden yarn. The shawl is, as you say, the perfect size and it looks terrific on you.

SNOWBIRD said...

The shawl is beautiful and love the color!

Lolly said...

funny - this pattern has been so popular for years, but seeing your lovely version makes me want one now. i really like it, a~

Marjorie said...

That is a beautiful shawl. I've knit several Flower Baskets using fingering weight wool of different amounts, and it looks as great in a small version (or scarf version) as it does in the bigger size.

yaiAnn said...

That color is gorgeous on you!! And the Twist Collective, where have I been? Those preview swatches are so pretty!

Karen said...

Beautiful shawl!

tara said...

Ooohh, pretty!

I knit an Icarus recently.