Sunday, August 10, 2008
FO: Leaf Lace Shawl
I was swatching for this a while ago, and it's been quietly percolating away in the background...
The Leaf Lace Shawl.
The design was inspired by the traditional seaman's scarves, patterned at both ends, with a relatively plain centre. See this book for more information on these types of scarves.
It's made with two skeins of Hopeful Farm's 2 ply fingering weight yarn, one of my most favourite yarns in the word. It's undyed, and it's a truly wonderful espresso colour, almost black, but with more chocolately depth.
The yarn is fairly unprocesssed, and somewhat varied in texture, so I wanted larger scale lace patterning. The Long Leaf lace comes thanks to Barbara Walker, and the lace rib used for the centre is an old standard. I think the result is modern, unfussy and very pleasing.
The pattern will be available for sale at the KW Knitter's Fair, directly from Hopeful Farm, and through me. Drop me a line if you're interested.