This pattern has been occupying me for a while now and at last it’s ready for release.
The pattern uses a Shetland lace stitch called Crown of Glory, also known as Cat’s Paw, interspersed with a fern lace stitch through which the increases are made.
The finished shawl is crescent shaped and there are two versions; one with the final lace repeat creating a ruffle, (above) and the other with a slightly different repeat that still uses the Crown of Glory stitch but doesn’t increase stitches through a fern lace motif and is therefore not ruffled (below).
I think the pattern works especially well in yarns with long colour repeats but subtler semi-solid yarns also work incredibly well. I haven’t tried it with a more variegated yarn which might be a little busy for the lace sections. At some point in the near future I fancy trying a two colour version and will let you know how I get on.
The repeats of the shawl combine a lace section and reverse stocking stitch ridges which creates the waves in the long colour repeat yarns of the samples. The lace section is knitted in pattern on both right and wrong sides which is surprisingly simple once you get the hang of it. The pattern has been thoroughly test knitted by some wonderful test knitters in the Free Pattern Testers Group on Ravelry, whose feedback was incredibly helpful. Whilst some people find knitting a lace pattern on both right and wrong sides daunting; the shawl has been very successfully knitted by testers for whom it was their first lace pattern.
Both versions can be made from 100g/400m of lace or 4 ply fingering yarn.
The orange and red sample above is knitted in Scoppel-Wolle Zauberball and the dark blues and turquoise in Lang Jawoll Magic Degrade.
These two samples are knitted in Lang Jawoll Magic.
For those used to straight edged shawls this shawl can create a bit of a conceptual challenge when it comes to blocking. The straight edge should be formed into a circle, or horseshoe shape, and the shawl laid out as in the pictures above and on the front page of the pattern.
From here you can pull out the points – I suggest doing them in sections, pulling down the point from the central Crown of Glory motif first, then one mid way up each side, then fill in the sections.
For the unruffled version you only make points from the centre of the Crown of Glory motifs and there will be no raised ruffles.
The woodland pictures were taken in our local Park – Williamson’s Park. It was great to have the opportunity to spend time there not having to keep an eye on the dogs (it’s their evening walk each day) and in the beautiful sun we’re having this week. Pictures taken, this is the view that met me going back up the hill.