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?