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Old 12-26-2013, 12:11 AM   #1
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Wedding Shawl Pattern recommendations?
This has been an eventful Christmas: DD got engaged today, and I'm on a hunt for a lace weight wedding shawl. I have 16 hanks (7040 yards) of knitPicks Shadow Tonal in Pearlescent, so I have plenty of yarn for a change. I found this pattern on Ravelry, and think its pretty, but I'm undecided. Do any of you have some favorites you'd recommend?

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...-mystery-shawl
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:23 AM   #2
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Congratulations to the happy couple!

That's a beautiful shawl and I think It would be a great pattern to use. I've not done anything like that so can't make any recommendations. How long do you have to make it, do you know?
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Congratulations are in order!

That shawl is exquisite, I don't believe I've ever seen one prettier. One raveler posted that it took them two months to knit, when do they plan to marry?
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Such happy news and what a wonderful event to look forward to.
I love the In Dreams Shawl, so delicate and lovely. It'll be perfect in the Pearlescent tones.
What is your thinking about it? Is there something else you'd like in a pattern?
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Congratulations to the happy couple!

That's a beautiful shawl and I think It would be a great pattern to use. I've not done anything like that so can't make any recommendations. How long do you have to make it, do you know?
I thought the given pattern size would work nicely. If DD wants to use it as her veil, she could, but I didn't think that far ahead, GG. Now I know why I ask you ladies about girly stuff. I've got the better part of a year, maybe more. Heaven know I'll need it.


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Congratulations are in order!

That shawl is exquisite, I don't believe I've ever seen one prettier. One raveler posted that it took them two months to knit, when do they plan to marry?
Just two months? Is that all? Mercifully the wedding will be after she is graduated from college. That's summer 2014. At least I have some time to work on it!

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Such happy news and what a wonderful event to look forward to.
I love the In Dreams Shawl, so delicate and lovely. It'll be perfect in the Pearlescent tones.
What is your thinking about it? Is there something else you'd like in a pattern?
TBH salmonmac, I'd found a pattern a few months back that I fell in love with, thought I'd bookmarked it, but didn't. Isn't that how it always goes? I can't remember anything about it except that the designer made hers in purple silk. I have about 1500 yds of white silk that I got just to make it, and I forgot to bookmark the stinkin' pattern!

As gorgeous as In Dreams is, its 2nd runner up to the one I can't find. If I can't find that purple one, it may well turn out to be what's made.


Thanks for the congratulations everyone. What I really want is for DD to be my little 5 year old again, playing at getting married. Sigh. Does your child getting married always break your heart a little? Or am I the only weird one?
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Ah, Charlotte, you're not weird. My daughter got married so quickly after she met her match that I hardly had time to think. Somehow we managed to get her wedding dress made. I still wonder where that little girl went, 15 1/2 yrs. later. I miss the days when my children were small but I treasure the time now too.
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Originally Posted by justplaincharlotte View Post
I'd found a pattern a few months back that I fell in love with, thought I'd bookmarked it, but didn't. Isn't that how it always goes? I can't remember anything about it except that the designer made hers in purple silk. I have about 1500 yds of white silk that I got just to make it, and I forgot to bookmark the stinkin' pattern!

As gorgeous as In Dreams is, its 2nd runner up to the one I can't find. If I can't find that purple one, it may well turn out to be what's made.
Well, any reason to browse patterns on ravelry works for me I found one that rivals Dreams here, and a couple of others, here, and here.

Do you remember anything else, maybe the shape?
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I found a raveler's notes on this project that may be helpful for you, Charlotte:

Spasmo's Notes.

I am looking forward to updates on your masterpiece
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Originally Posted by claireweber View Post
You could string them all first using a beading needle and some floss, but then you would have to manage all of those beads. It seems that it would be a bit much to have to keep pushing them down your yarn, that is a heck of a lot of beads.

Quote from about.com "Additionally, some sticklers for tradition make a distinction between "lace knitting" and "knit lace," saying that lace knitting is what you get when you have pattern rows only on the right side of the work, while knitted lace has pattern rows on every row." I wonder if there is a distinctive 'right' and 'wrong' side of the work.

The Aeolian Shawl would be considered lace knitting, whereas Dreams would be knitted lace. Well, I'm glad we cleared that up

Well, for sure you'll want to use life lines with patterning on every row. This will be your finest work of art, Charlotte, how exciting is that?
I thought about stringing all of the beads on first, I really did. Two things conspired against me there. The yarn I'm using is cobweb silk and is about size 20 crochet thread. Didn't want to risk the yarn breaking from the weight of all of those beads. Worse, I'd have to wait for the beads to arrive and I might have lost the gumption to cast on.

I spent yesterday getting the pattern set up in KnitCompanion (the finest pattern app IMO) on my iPad to track row and pattern counts. Benefit is that to set up, you have to read the pattern so you can arrange it as you want it. That gave me courage to cast on and start last night. 8 rows in!

Never thought of myself as a traditionalist per se, but I am a stickler for terminology. Gustave Flaubert is my hero! Le bon mot and all of that...That's what comes of a career as a trainer and technical writer. Unless the lace is a garter stitch pattern, the knit rows are the RS, and the purl rows are the WS whether it's knitted lace or lace knitting. Or at least that's been my experience.

Now to find some colored thread to use for a lifeline before I get too far in, definitely before the beading starts, which is where I'll have to stop and wait for them to get here.

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I found a raveler's notes on this project that may be helpful for you, Charlotte:

Spasmo's Notes.

I am looking forward to updates on your masterpiece
That's what I about Rav, that you can see other knitters notes on their projects and yarns. Spasmo's were very helpful, thanks! Mine are already starting to look like that.

I'm off to knit away on the Beast this dreary day...
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Hey Charlotte - What is the construction technique on the shawl? And what size needles are you using?

I'm also curious about the beads, you said you plan to use a size 8 if I recall correctly. What brand did you purchase? Have you used beads in knitting or crocheting previous to this project?

And yes, I did save up my questions so that I could ask them all at once
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