Damask Shawl

I knit the largest of this shawls three given size options for maximum impact, in beautiful, saturated turquoise yarn. The result is vibrant and s very eye-catching. I am in love.

I knit the pattern as written, with the one small modification of leaving off most of the nupps. I knit the first two rows of nupps (little, two-row bobbles that are a signature of a lot of Estonian lace but are now found in many modern lace knitting patterns) but decided that the impact was not worth wrangling cased by trying to purl seven stitches together. I think nupps are more noticeable on fine lace-weight yarn, where the gathering of the stitches is quite a contrast to the light-as-air lacework around then, but in this heavier 4-ply yarn they do not show quite so readily.

There were a few different ways that I could have blocked the edge of this shawl, but in the end I went for a scalloped edge with little swallowtail points on each scallop, as I thought I recalled this is how the designer had blocked the original (though I stopped short f actually checking this at the time, as I was too involved with thousands of pins by this point). I really like the elegant lines of the blocked edge and think it lends a great deal to the overall look of the shawl, especially as it reminds me of a bright blue butterfly in this vivid yarn.

Before blocking the shawl measure 95cm at its widest point. Blocking bought this measurement out to about 170cm, opening out the lace work beautifully. Every stitch, every wrapped yarn over and every carefully placed decrease can now be properly appreciated.

I am very (perhaps overly, I can’t fake humility here) happy with my first large lace project. I cannot wait to use it. I can already see myself sitting outside my favourite canalside pub in late spring, with this draped over my shoulders, enjoying the long-missed sunshine.