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Yahoo! Finally finished with my modified version of the Lady's Circular Cape from Victorian Lace Today, knit in Shadow lace yarn in the Spring Green Heather color. It was a little boring to knit, which is why it took me so long - I was always finding more interesting things to knit, but now that it's done I love it! Shadow is really warm, with a nice weight and drape without being too heavy. I really like the shape too (the photo makes it look like a semi-circle, but it's really more like 2/3 of a circle) - the ends are just long enough to wrap around me and to stay on my shoulders without constant adjustment. To get this shape, I knit 9 of the 12 repeats that the pattern called for. I also made the shawl a bit deeper (higher - more rows) than the pattern called for because I like to scrunch lace up when I wear it.

I just got a cute white and brown print sundress that has the tiniest bit of green in the print too. Since Shadow is a heathered yarn, and the Spring Green is subtly multi-hued, this shawl looks really good with the little bit of green in the dress print. Add a pair of green strappy sandals and I'm ready for summer parties!

P.S. Click here to see a full 12 repeat version of the shawl, also in Shadow lace yarn.

PPS. Okay, here's a sundress photo. It's not even sunny outside, but this shawl is so warm that I'm quite comfortable even in a sleeveless dress.

I love how the Spring Green Heather looks so good with the little bit of green in the dress print.

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Comment by sparklpop on June 7, 2009 at 7:24pm
It's beautiful! Congratulations. The shawl will make your sundress & you look elegant! These lightweight shawls are great for traveling too. They are light weight and crushable, and invite conversation from knitters, and others, you haven't yet met. Enjoy!
Comment by Gretchen Spinnrad on June 6, 2009 at 8:42am
Lovely work. Your blocking is particularly effective. Better than in the book.
Comment by Kelley Petkun on June 5, 2009 at 6:06am
Oh, and it is gorgeous! Green is just the best color! It goes with everything!
Comment by Kelley Petkun on June 5, 2009 at 6:06am
Thanks for saying it was boring! Makes it much more approachable because the photo in the book is pretty intimidating! Lace knitters unite!
Comment by Grannie Linda on June 3, 2009 at 8:01am
If that was boring, I have a couple of projects I want you to finish for me!
Wow! Just magnificent! Another vote for seeing a photo of the sundress/shawl ensemble!
Comment by Tina on June 2, 2009 at 1:59pm
Yes, I did wet block the shawl, as I always do with lace. I wasn't really able to use the lace blocking wires because of the scalloped edge and needing to pin out every point of the border along those scallops, but it really didn't take very long to block anyway.

I think I used a size 6 needle, but please don't use my needle size as a guide - I'm a super loose knitter. You should swatch with your own needle size to get the look you want. The great thing about shawls is that you can be a little flexible with your gauge and still have it turn out all right (as in it will still "fit").
Comment by cellogirl on June 2, 2009 at 12:51pm
Georgeous Shawl, Tina!!--great work--great inspiration for we who are lace-challenged!! What was your needle size?
Comment by mae on June 2, 2009 at 10:39am
Beautiful work. I've had this book for a while, but haven't worked up the courage to start anything from it yet. I really must try it!
Comment by parrotpurl on June 2, 2009 at 7:49am
pretty pretty! Did you wet block? Love the definition- just got quilting pins & boy those babys are sharp! I'm all about lace lately and will attempt to work my way through the 2nd treasury of knitting patterns by Barbara Walker.
Comment by elena thomas on June 2, 2009 at 6:55am
looks fantastic. you did a great job.

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