Although February was a short month, there were plenty of newly published shawl designs on Ravelry. My Pinterest board finished with 24 candidates again, but picking a shortlist was really difficult.
I got them down to 8, then 7, and finally 5. Here they are.
First of all, a crochet shawl in laceweight. This is Thistle Field by Lena Fedotova:
It’s a stunning, on trend, sheer shawl based on Solomon’s Knots. I know I’m not that good at them – they need to be a uniform size – but it would be good motivation to practise.
Full of beautiful Estonian stitches and also in laceweight. Totally irresistible!
Then another masterpiece by Lucy Hague from her Celtic Cable Shawls collection, Morvach:
It’s knit in laceweight and, to quote from Lucy,
The shawl begins with the centre square, worked outwards in the round. Then, two of the edges around the square are filled in with short rows, and the body is worked in stocking stitch, finished with lace ribbing. After this, the other two edges of the square are filled in and rest of the shawl is worked exactly as the other side.
Definitely not TV knitting!
Next, another shawl worked in the round: Margrit’s Pi Shawl by Tanja Luescher.
Tanja asked me to tech edit this design and it was a pleasure from start to finish. It’s knit in two skeins of Drops Lace, one of my favourite yarns. Unfortunately, the only colour I have in the right quantity is black and I don’t think that would suit.
Finally, Valse by Corinne Ouillon:
I’ve wanted to knit one of Corinne’s designs for a long time but I’m usually put off by the way the pattern is written and charted. Since they’re offered for free, I can’t complain. The shawl has been knitted in Rowan Kidsilk Haze, which I absolutely love. Another feature of her designs is the lace border on the top edge, and this means following more than one chart at the same time.
So, I’m knitting Valse. The challenge I set myself was to overcome my dislike of the pattern as written, to redraft the charts in my beloved StitchMastery, and to use some of my stashed KSH, which I’ve had for quite some time. You can see how far I’ve got on my Ravelry project page.
Note: all photos have been taken from Ravelry.