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Shetland Lace Shawl

Classic ring shawl in wool/silk laceweight yarn
by Jackie E-S

The shawl is not quite 6 oz (about 165g) of Grignasco 2/28 wool/silk blend, and measures approximately 56" square. Scroll down for lots more pictures!

Shetland Lace Shawl

Here are links to more pictures of the my knitting in progress and the completed shawl.

The edging in progress - The shawl began with "miles" of edging. I am about ¾ of the way completed at the point this picture was taken. This is an example of how "scrunched up" the lace looks until it is transformed in the final stages of blocking.

A sample of the edging blocked - Since the shawl began with the edging, I blocked a length of it early on to make sure I would be satisfied with the look after blocking.

The knitting in progress on the circular needle - The only circular needle I had on hand in the size needed for my chosen yarn and gauge was 70 cm (27") long, and I had 1200 stitches to start with after picking up along the edging!

A close-up of the knitting in progress - The small area of edging at the top right of the picture shows the difference in how the lace looks after blocked vs. before.

The completed shawl - The full shawl as it lays on top of a large dark bedspread on my floor. The pics of the shawl during the blocking didn't show up, because basically I had white against white. The dark background shows off the lace, though.

A closer look at the completed shawl - This shows the stitch patterns a little better than the previous pic, but still not so detailed that you loose a view of how they are arranged overall within the shawl.

A close-up of the shawl's center - Instead of doing the usual repeating arrangement of point-upwards-fan / point-downwards-fan (spiderweb) alternating with double daisy, I varied the arrangement of these 3 pattern elements throughout the center to get different effects.

A close-up of the corner - This is a more detailed view of the stitch patterns making up the borders and edging.

Hope you enjoyed my little show-n-share!

p.s. Although I do not have a pattern available for sale for this shawl, I do currently have 2 patterns available that feature Shetland lace stitch pattern motifs:

Thank you for interest. I am here to serve you and help keep your knitting a pleasurable experience. If you have questions or need assistance with purchasing or knitting my HeartStrings patterns, let me know. Sincerely, Jackie E-S

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