Friday, 27 April 2012
The London-Beads Shawl
KidSilk Haze in the colour pearl. The only thing I was missing was a pattern. So I went through all my books and found three of my favourite diamond patterns, and put them together for this shawl.
The Haapsalu Shawl". The pattern looks like two twigs which is intertwined, with nubs in a zigzag pattern in between. I love the simplicity and tree dimensionality of this pattern, and the symmetry of the nubs winding themselves in a slightly larger zigzags than the intertwined twigs.
Heirloom Knitting". This pattern is called "The Shetland Bead Lace Pattern", hence the name of the shawl (since I knitted the shawl in London).
This pattern looks very easy to knit, but it is not. The problem is that, since the lace is knitted in gather stitches, with pattern on both sides, it is hard to see where in the pattern you are at the moment. I made many mistakes, and had to unravel my work more than once.
This is without a doubt my favourite way of attaching the outer border, as it gives rice to an almost endless amount of patterns. It is also easy to compose your own patterns with this way of attaching the outer border.
I am pretty pleased with how the shawl turned out in the end. It became a large, soft and warm shawl. As a bonus, I think of the lovely week we spent in London, and the trip to Stone henge, every time I look at this shawl.