Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Laminaria Shawl

I took my Laminaria shawl on its first outing today, to the Old Library, which is not a library, but is one of my favourite rooms in college.

A pattern of heart-stopping beauty, and mathematical genius, knit in 100% cashmere that does not sacrifice stitch definition for softness. If I do say so myself, it is pretty much the epitome of lace loveliness; I can't entirely believe I made it. 

The three stitch patterns (the tiny stars, the blossom, the peacock plume-like edging) are all individually glorious, but it is the way they grow out of one another that makes this pattern truly special. I made the 'shoulderette' size, but went up a needle size and did two extra repeats of the first chart because I had extra yarn.

Draped around my shoulders or scrunched around my neck, this shawl makes me feel like a delighted wood nymph. It makes me almost hope for a cooler summer so I can get the most wear out of it.


  1. WOW. That is absolutely, 100% gorgeous. Totally amazing work!

  2. lisa greenburg20 May 2010 at 05:13

    Breathtaking!! You are truly an amazing knitter! You are stunning!!

  3. Beautiful, beautiful... The pointy tips make it look like butterfly wings. A great piece, your euphoria is absolutely justified =) And I love your hair and the dress! And the room! Gotta stop now...

  4. Just gorgeous! Well done. Perfect colour for the delicate stitches.

  5. That's so lovely - and great photoshoot setting! Love the dress too!

  6. Stunning! Maybe it'll just have to go on my list :)

  7. Hello! I've just linked to your blog from your comment on Flossie Teacakes and after a quick browse through - what a lovely blog! Love your work - how on earth did you do that shawl? I tried one once and it ended up looking like someone's first ever attempt at knitting! By the way - I have never heard of +ve or -ve 'ease' before, but I think I know what you mean. How do you decide which way to make it though?


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