Kathryn Ivy

July 07, 2007 - Posted by Grace Schnebly

Shetland Triangle

Here it is in all its glory.. My first lace shawl! It’s amazing what you can create little bit of yarn, a good pattern, and three days of work.

Shetland Triangle

Project Specs
Pattern: Shetland Triangle designed by Evelyn A. Clark
Pattern Source: Wrap Style by Pam Allen and Ann Budd
Yarn: Knit Picks Merino Style in Frost, 3 balls.
Needles: US8 Denise needles
Date Started: 7/3/07
Date Finished: 7/5/07
Finished Dimensions: Approximately 50” wide by 23” long

The pattern in this color reminds me of peacock feathers.This was definitely the perfect pattern to use for my first lace knit. I can’t stress how simple it was! I admit that I was intimidated at the start after reading the instructions for the cast on. I have never crocheted before, and the mere mention of using a crochet hook makes me nervous. You just have to do a few chain stitches which get unraveled anyways, so it wasn’t a big deal at all. This was my first time reading from a chart without any help from written instructions. The chart was really clear, and the pattern is symmetric so I didn’t have any problem at all. After just a few repeats, I had the pattern memorized and was able to cruse through it.

My first time using blocking wires. The color of the shawl is totally off in this picture because it is the only time I didn't use natural light.I followed the instructions to T, knitting 8 repeats in the main body section of the shawl. I used exactly three balls of Merino Style, and literally had 2 feet of yarn left after casting off. I wish I would have completed several more repeats because the shawl turned out a bit too small for my tastes, and I had an extra ball of yarn to spare. It was nice to have that extra ball around as a security blanket though because it was just so close at the end. Before blocking it measured 39” x 17”; after blocking it grew to about 50” x 23”, which is smaller than the dimensions given in the book. I think I could have gotten two more repeats out of that extra ball of yarn, and I’m now kicking myself for not using it. It isn’t a total loss though, I know someone who it would be perfect for, and I think that I will gift it to her for Christmas. Hey I did say I wanted to start my Christmas knitting earlier this year!

Shooting the BreezeI am glad that I used Merino Style because it made a more substantial shawl which will be perfect for cool weather. It was nice and soft, there were no knots, it didn’t bleed when washed, it blocked well, the drape after blocking is beautiful, and it is extremely affordable! This has got to be one of the most affordable knits I have ever made, costing $7.50 total. How can you go wrong with that? Granted in the future I would definitely knit extra repeats to make a larger shawl. But even if you did four extra repeats, you would probably need only 2 more balls. However if I make another Shetland Triangle for myself in the future, I think I would experiment with another kind of yarn just for fun.

Now I am kind of at a loss for what to start next because all I can think about are lace shawls and Backyard Critters. I have three balls of Rowan Kidsilk Spray I was thinking of using for a Birch or Kiri shawl, but I don’t know if I am up for that yet. I heard Kidsilk is kind of temperamental and difficult to use. I have a skein of Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud for a Trellis Scarf, but I am a bit confused about the k7tog instructions. Has anyone tried any of these patterns out? What is a good next step in lace knitting? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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