Sunday, January 13, 2008

Paton's Shawl Eye Candy


Not only was the pattern weird, it blocked weirdly too--sort of a pie-shape. It doesn't matter--it's pretty and feels lovely.



The shawl was knitted with Shakun silk/cashmere on #5 needles. Details of this shawl, and the pattern links, are available here . Some of the pattern was made up, because the original had so many errors. Adaptations are described here. I should add that the shawl took about 1000 yards--half of what was required for the original. As my border was actually larger, I shall just add this discrepancy to the long list of goofs in this pattern.

On to the International Shawl--LaceFreak and I are neck and neck on row 78-ish. I also started a tablecloth afghan...details next time!

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29 comments:

Batty said...

It's beautiful, though I agree that it isn't exactly the shape I'd expect a shawl to have. How does it wear?

BadCatDesigns said...

Oh my gosh! I am the first comment. That has never happened to me before. I guess I was just so eager to see this finished. The design is lovely. I can't get my mind around the shape, so maybe you will give us a photo wearing it. I can imagine how soft it is...

BadCatDesigns said...

Not first? It took me too long to type...Next time!

loribird said...

Wow, it is indeed gorgeous and strange at the same time... I found myself wondering the same as Batty and BadCat, how does one wear it? I suppose like a triangular shawl, with the point down... Very pretty! And it must be softsoftsoft!

Courtney said...

Very pretty, I love how it came out :-)

Agneta said...

So beautiful. I've been looking at that pattern to, and yours make me more determined to knit it myself

z's momma said...

I love how that shawl turned out. But with all the errors, I think I'll back burner that and work on another Niebling.

Can't wait to see your international shawl.

Laritza said...

Beautiful like everything else you make. I particularly like the border. Great job on changing the design.

natural state knitter said...

Your edging is perfect for this shawl! It really did need a different edging.

fluffbuff said...

It is very pretty and it doesn't remind me of a pie. I think it looks more like a lace fan. Have you ever considered making one? I'd like to give that a try some day; I've just been too lazy until now.

Carol said...

damn! You are a compentent mind reader? Want to come work for me? That would make my day much easier! And we could knit too....

Kitty Kitty said...

Wow... Though it does seem like an odd shape. It is really beautiful.

missalicefaye said...

It's lovely! And I agree with fluffbuff--I was thinking it looks like a lace fan. Perhaps a bit large for that use, though. :)

Suna said...

I was thinking you'd fold that part that sticks out at the top down, to make like a collar, since it would cover the part that is a repeated pattern. Might work, anyway. It's lovely!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work - looks like half a shawl pattern... at least for a shape that I'd expect.

Pat

vicki said...

It is beautiful! I love reading your blog, I am a new lace knitter so of course I am inspired to keep knitting lace! thanks

Janette said...

oh my goodness - that is the most beautiful shawl!

LittleBerry said...

the shawl is stunning and a testament to your patience and skill as a lace knitter with all the errors in the pattern....

Opal said...

Oh it's gorgeous! A true display of your mad lace knitting skills. :)

mel said...

*sigh* What a truly lovely shawl. I don't think I've seen anything quite like it - I could look at it all day!

Lucy said...

Beautiful, exquisite work as always, Fleegle - You are a genius to cope with all the errata!! Congratulations!

EGunn said...

The shawl is very pretty, though I have to agree with the other comments that I don't really see how one is to wear it. It would make a lovely table scarf for a corner table, but I don't quite get how it fits human shoulders. Still, very pretty lace, and probably worth knitting for that reason alone. =)

Jane said...

Your Pattons Shawl is really beautiful in spite of all the problems you had with the way that pattern is written. I love that border but I'm not up to trying to the frustration of knitting this one :-) Congratulations!

Romi said...

Oh my. It is absolutely lovely!

Soo said...

You are such an inspiration. I expect I would have thrown it into the corner with a few choice words with the pattern errors. Well worth persevering though. Beautiful.

BlooSox said...

This isn't meant as a criticism - honest -just an observation. It almost looks as if you knit only one side of the shawl. When I look at he picture my mind keeps wanting to "add" another half to it. Maybe the directions are so totally screwy that no one can get the shawl right? Still, it's a wonderful knit and the yarn looks really soft. You did a beautiful job despite the obstacles.

Kristina B said...

Looks the same shape as one of the first lace items I made, Fleegle. Maybe I shouldn't have frogged it ;-)

AntiqueShawls.com said...

Gr8 Post! Add Shawls, Scarves, Ponchos in your collection.

Cath said...

I love your knitting! They are so beautiful and I am very envious. Maybe one day, I'll develop one-fifth your skill level.

Regarding this shawl, I think I have to second Bloosox's comment - I do believe that your work is possibly only half the shawl. If you look at the center line of the completed shawl in this pic (http://old.canadianliving.com/CanadianLiving/client/en/Today/DetailGlossary.asp?IdSection=15019&bApercu=1), you can see how two of your pie pieces would meet up to make that starburst design down the back.

But either way, its gorgeous. I love your edge. I'm going to try to track down the pattern and attempt it myself. Hopefully I'll be able to muddle through the errors.