Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Lace (this is a discontinued yarn, but I have linked to the Ravelry page to provide further information)
Needles: US 6 (I use ChiaoGoo Twist)
Measurements: 66in. x 14in.
After over 2 years I have finally finished! Just in time for fall!
This truly seemed like a project I would never finish. Not because the pattern was difficult, but because I always put this one on the back burner. I turned it into an “in the meantime” or “on the side” sort of project. I did a row here or there when I had nothing else to do. I completed several projects in between working on this one.
I like to gauge the ease of a project by what I can do while I’m working on it. Can I watch the Blacklist, or House Hunters? Can I listen to Bug read, or will it take too much of my concentration away from him? I have done some shawls where I have to turn the TV off, and only listen to music, so I don’t make a mistake. The actual pattern of this project requires almost zero focus, but I still wouldn’t say it’s the easiest project. It’s eight inches of stockinette between simple eyelet sections. Because it’s lace weight, and the yarn is so fine, it’s going to take you a while to get to the eyelet sections. So it’s a pretty relaxing knit. The border takes a second of concentration, but that’s about it. On the other side of the coin, because it’s lace weight, it’s a lot harder to feel the yarn and individual stitches than if you were using a worsted weight yarn. It takes a little while to get used to the feel of it, so I wouldn’t start this one while watching Sherlock.
It’s slippery. I used my ChiaoGoo needles, but if you’re comfortable with using a bamboo set (or just a set that doesn’t have quite as smooth of a finish) I would suggest trying it out. I had a LOT of dropped stitches. And they’re tiny, so it can take some time to pick them all back up.
Overall, I am really pleased with how it turned out. I would say that mine could maybe benefit from a little better blocking. It should really be about an inch wider and about two inches shorter. But that’s an easy fix. Would I do it again? Probably. But it would always be a side project. I would like to try it with a solid color yarn though.
If you absolutely love this shawl and would like it for yourself, please contact me via my Etsy shop. And as always, I am taking custom orders.