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auburnchick
05-21-2009, 09:53 PM
I did it!

I finished my Swallowtail Lace Shawl! First, the info…

The pattern is free, available here (http://www.evelynclarkdesigns.com/pdf/Swallowtail.pdf). I used less than one skein of Malabrigo Lace yarn (a gift from one of the West Coast Oddball knitters). The color is “Forest.”

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I used size 4 needles and completed the pattern without any modifications.

Now, on to the pictures before more detailed information…

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This is the first lacy shawl I’ve made, and I’m so pleased with the way it turned out. It was a struggle. I had a heck of a time with the nupps. I figured out that you have to unwrap the yarn from the hand you’re feeding it through when doing the k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 in preparation for the nupps. Then, when you purl back, purling those stitches as a p5tog, it’s much, much easier. Trust me…I learned the hard way.

Then, I had a bit of trouble keeping my stitch count. I kept a stitch marker just after the center stitch and kept a running count on each side of it. I also found that highlighting the pattern (after Dustina’s comment on my blog) was a great way to stay on track. After completing every odd row, I wrote down the number of stitches, confirming that I had the correct number each time.

After binding off, I had to block it.

I like blocking just about as much as I like making a gauge swatch.

I have the lace blocking wires from Knit Picks, and I’ve tried using them for other projects, but I’ve never quite gotten the hang of it. I decided to do a bit of research first. Coincidentally, Knitting Daily posted this (http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/howto/archive/2009/05/06/using-blocking-wires-to-block-a-lace-shawl.aspx) right before I was ready to block the shawl, and I also found this video through a different email from Knitting Daily:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0g6kQTWh8w

Armed with this information, I went out hunting for a foam playmat and checkered cloth. I finally found the mat at Toys r U:

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The package included four of these squares…a very nice size for blocking.

Then, I found the fabric on sale at Joann’s. Together, they looked like this:

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I spent oodles of time pinning and adjusting the wires. Here’s what it looked like when I was done…

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I almost had tears in my eyes when I got finished. It looked like someone with a lot more knitting know-how had been in my house.

If you've read to the bottom, you're a better woman (or man) than me.

Thanks for looking! :muah:

momwolf
05-21-2009, 10:04 PM
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scout52
05-21-2009, 10:43 PM
Wow that is sooooo gorgeous!!! and really worth the work you put in blocking it.

nannaknits
05-21-2009, 10:45 PM
Oh my that is so beautiful! Nice work :heart:

Dimpledapple
05-22-2009, 01:22 AM
Nathalie, it's gorgeous!! :inlove: I am so impressed :notworthy: Thanks for the tips on blocking. They'll definitely come in handy if I ever get the courage to try something as lovely as this shawl.

Debkcs
05-22-2009, 02:51 AM
Wow, what a beautiful shawl! I'm green with envy, the color is just lucious and looks great with your color hair.

Thanks for all the information on blocking, especially that the mats can be found at Toys 'r' Us.

wezyus
05-22-2009, 02:58 AM
Wowwwwwwwww's that's os outstanding n wel done ...u shud be proud ...thnks for sharing it into details

mwhite
05-22-2009, 08:01 AM
Magnificent!:yay: :yay: :yay: You've done it so well and I know you are proud of yourself, that's a gorgeous shawl! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

I DID read all the way to the bottom!:teehee:

KnittingNat
05-22-2009, 08:10 AM
It's absolutely gorgeous!!! Welcome to lace addicts anonymous:teehee::hug:

domiknitrix
05-22-2009, 09:10 AM
BEAUTIFUL!!!
I have the ENE scarf in my pile and you have given me inspiration to pick it back up so I can enjoy it.
You did a wonderful job!!

auburnchick
05-22-2009, 09:12 AM
I DID read all the way to the bottom!:teehee:

:roflhard:

I tend to copy and paste from my blog...hence the enormous amount of information. :wink:

Thanks, all, for your kind comments. I have always enjoyed lace knitting. I'm especially fond of lacy patterns when making socks. But a shawl was, I though, beyond what I could do. I can't wait to make another now that I've gotten through this challenge.

margz3
05-22-2009, 09:48 AM
After binding off, I had to block it.

I like blocking just about as much as I like making a gauge swatch.




AMEN to that!! :teehee:

But seriously Nathalie....that is just drop dead gorgeous! :yay: And thanks for the blocking tips - I never feel like I know what I'm doing when I block little things....let alone something like this!

GirlChris
05-22-2009, 11:27 AM
GORGEOUS!:cheering:

TEMA
05-22-2009, 12:32 PM
A fantastic piece of wearable art!
It's knitted gossamer!
Truly beautiful!
TEMA:thumbsup:

Jan in CA
05-22-2009, 01:13 PM
Beautiful! :inlove:

knititgood
05-22-2009, 01:43 PM
very beautiful! I have not knit shawl yet, they scare me. way to go!

auburnchick
05-22-2009, 02:09 PM
very beautiful! I have not knit shawl yet, they scare me. way to go!

Honestly, it wasn't too bad. There were a few charts, but I found that simply taking it one at a time made the pattern less overwhelming.

blessedtosew
05-22-2009, 04:37 PM
GORGEOUS!!!!! Are you from Auburn, AL? I live in Alabama and went to school there.

auburnchick
05-22-2009, 05:36 PM
Are you from Auburn, AL? I live in Alabama and went to school there.

I grew up in Alabama...a die-hard Auburn fan. My dh graduated from Auburn, and while he was finishing his degree, I worked for the university.

The loveliest campus on the plains, eh?

:heart:

MoniDew
05-22-2009, 05:45 PM
you did a fantastic job, and you've answered some of my blocking questions very well!!!

gotta knit
05-22-2009, 06:17 PM
Wow! Your shawl is absolutely beautiful! :cheering:

Slim
05-22-2009, 06:48 PM
Wow! It's absolutely gorgeous! I've been admiring that pattern, and now I'll have to make it! Thanks for all the info.

auburnchick
05-22-2009, 08:07 PM
Wow! It's absolutely gorgeous! I've been admiring that pattern, and now I'll have to make it! Thanks for all the info.


Y'all are totally making my day with all of the sweet comments!

A warning...the shawl tends to run on the smaller side. I'm 5'3" so it's perfect for me, but I've read that other people have added rows to make it bigger.

LadyFirelyght
05-22-2009, 08:13 PM
Beautiful work. All that hard work really shows!!

Doublereeder2
05-23-2009, 10:05 AM
That is gorgeous!!! :yay: :yay: :yay:

gingerbread
05-24-2009, 09:37 AM
Oh your shawl is just beautiful and I love the color on you.

ArtLady1981
05-24-2009, 12:39 PM
This is MARVELOUS!

Thanks for the step-by-step info, too! I really like what you did with the blocking squares, laying a checkered fabric over the mats to use as a 'grid'! Very cool! And, the fabric seems to suck the moisture out of the shawl, allowing it to dry even faster!

Your shawl is so way cool!

I've never been brave enough to try a shawl!
Or any 'real' lace knitting.

My hat is off to you!

lulubell
05-24-2009, 05:18 PM
That is amazingly beautiful!

auburnchick
05-24-2009, 05:21 PM
Wow, ArtLady! You are such an amazing knitter, that I'm surprised that you haven't knit much lace.

I find lace one of my favorite types of patterns to knit. The yo's and k2togs make the project so interesting!

Thanks again, all, for the kind words about my shawl. I can't wait to take it on the cruise my in-law's are treating the family to at Thanksgiving!

WandaT
05-26-2009, 09:07 AM
Wow! You should be proud!! It's AWESOME!!! Congrats on on a beautiful job!

dustinac
05-27-2009, 09:25 AM
:inlove: very pretty! I got the mats that KP has that looks just like what you found...but I got to order another set they are not big enough to block a shawl on. I never thought to use the kids playmats :doh:

gingerpeach
11-11-2009, 06:08 PM
Nathalie, your shawl is totally awesome!

This has already been ripped out three times and I'm rapidly becoming a knotted nitwit.

I am at the end of row one of the 3rd budding lace repeat and find that I only have 7 stitches left. I started the row with 57 stitches. I have been placing markers after each repeat but still ended up short. Are all rows supposed to end up exact?

Do you still have the row counts for each section?

Thank you for any help you can give me.

Ginger

auburnchick
11-11-2009, 07:30 PM
Let me dig out my pattern. I'm sure I have it here somewhere. I'll PM you.

JudyD
11-12-2009, 07:08 AM
It's jaw-dropping gorgeous...beautifully done!

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

When you're on that cruise (or anywhere in public) make sure you have a hand on, or are aware of, your shawl at all times. It's definitely a "stealer". The first Irish knit scarf I made for my sister was stolen right off her back as she was walking through Heathrow Airport in London. The second scarf is now inconspicuously pinned to her coat!

JudyD

*KnitPixie*
11-12-2009, 07:54 PM
Beautiful...love the color!

offgridgirl
11-16-2009, 05:53 PM
Very well done and the color goes really well with your hair color....

WAY TOGO!!:cheering: :cheering:

GinnyG
11-17-2009, 10:04 AM
OH MY!! That is stunning! Swallowtail is on my "list"!

auburnchick
11-17-2009, 10:56 AM
Nathalie, your shawl is totally awesome!

This has already been ripped out three times and I'm rapidly becoming a knotted nitwit.

I am at the end of row one of the 3rd budding lace repeat and find that I only have 7 stitches left. I started the row with 57 stitches. I have been placing markers after each repeat but still ended up short. Are all rows supposed to end up exact?

Do you still have the row counts for each section?

Thank you for any help you can give me.

Ginger

Aack! I can't find my highlighted pattern where I wrote all of the stitch counts! I am so sorry!!!