Friday, August 01, 2008

FO: Sticking To My Guns

Several weeks ago, I made myself a promise. Yes, I've made lots of them but this one I actually kept. I decreed that there would be no new projects until I finished this shawl. Only then might I even consider other suitors. Now that the hooks are put away and the steam iron's cool, I'd like to present my version of Eva's Shawl:

FO: Crochet Lace Shoulder Shawl

FO: Crochet Lace Shoulder Shawl
Back view, eyelet rows

Crochet lace shawlDetails and Modifications
450 yards bellamoden laceweight kid silk
450 yards malabrigo laceweight merino
Size H(5.0mm) and K(6.5mm) crochet hooks

I must've really had my stupid hat on the day I started this shawl. Aside from mentally making all the treble crochets (TC) into double crochets (DC), I had a devil of a time with the fact that 'Ch Sp incr' was not an instruction to chain 1, then work 2 DC into the same stitch. The designer meant something altogether different. Stupid hats are invisible, by the way.

I was into the eyelet row by the time I decided there was no way for me to fudge it any longer. Version one had to go and, as you know, ripping back fuzzy yarn has its downside.

Enter Take Two and my "aha!" moment. Once I paid closer attention to the pictures (thank the deities for those) and re-read the pattern from the beginning, a reasonable facsimile of Eva's Shawl started to take shape. Once you're beyond the foundation rows, just think "double crochet two rows, eyelet one row."

The only real addition I made was to the two-row border, which is essentially alternating chain stitch openwork. My third row adds a feminine frill of double crochet scallops. If you like the look, add the following instruction to the border:

Row 3: (optional) Ch 4, work 4 DC into next 'Ch Space' to end of row, finishing with a Ch 4; DC into turning Ch from previous row.

Enjoy your weekend. Chase butterflies like these two.

Was That A Butterfly?

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Blogger Angie said...

Magnificent! I'm glad to see you post, I have been thinking good thoughts for you. You'd better be careful, your beautiful projects might just bring Crochet back to the forefront.

8/01/2008 02:11:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Sorry to think you have to frog it, but it's just lovely!!!
And the kitties look rapt!

8/01/2008 02:12:00 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

Indeed, it is a lovely summer FO to share! It looks beautiful. I've been thinking that I need to pick up the crochet hooks - haven't done a thing since the last class I had in Feb 07 ;)

8/01/2008 02:26:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

It's gorgeous! The colors are just wonderful.

Excellent feline mesmerism photo, too. :)

8/01/2008 02:57:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

So beautiful! BTW, I absolutely love the paint color in the background, too.

Cute kitties... mine have been very lazy due to the heat lately.

8/01/2008 05:38:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Oh it turned out beautifully! I'm so sorry you had to frog mohair. I feel your pain.

Love the pic of the two kittehs. They look so intent together.

8/01/2008 06:17:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Another amazing Karen creation! It's simply lovely, I hope it's for you!

Your boys make me yearn for a brother for Pumpkin so bad! The pic is priceless!

8/01/2008 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger noblinknits said...

That's a beautiful shawl. Well done on keeping it for you.

8/02/2008 03:32:00 AM  
Blogger KSee said...

I agree with Debi. Amazing. the only thing I can crochet are granny squares because of the peice work. I did make other afghans but all have been given away or sold.

8/02/2008 07:45:00 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Absolutely stunning - great choice of yarn!

8/02/2008 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger Lynette said...

it's gorgeous and i love the colorway. it was worth the effort to finish.

8/02/2008 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger Monika said...

Your Eva's shawl turned out very well! I LOVE the picture of the cats.

8/02/2008 05:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

Beautiful! Love the color. Have all butterflies left the building?

8/03/2008 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

ahh! totally beautiful. and good for you for sticking to your promise. i totally love that.
hope your weekend is going great.......and a lot of butterflies are being chased. that actually sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon. :)

8/03/2008 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

It is a lovely lacey shawl. So, what has caught your eye for the next yarn adventure?

8/03/2008 03:08:00 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Very pretty! Looks like pink lemonade!

8/03/2008 06:21:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Very pretty! Perfect marriage of yarn and pattern. Well done, Karen!

My those kitties are intent.

8/03/2008 10:17:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

So, so pretty, Karen! Sometimes the stupid hat works out OK.

8/04/2008 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger monica said...

The shawl is lovely! Your cats look so cute staring out the window.

8/05/2008 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

Very pretty! And good for your for sticking to your guns!

8/07/2008 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Terrye Kinch said...

Wow! That shawl is gorgeous! And the colorway is really pretty.

Stuck to your guns eh?
Wanna tell us how?

Knitting Editor

8/26/2008 01:07:00 PM  

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