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Topic: Which should be my next shawl?  (Read 647 times)
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« on: June 13, 2008 04:02:55 AM »

The lace bug bit me, but my mind goes on as fickle as ever. I can't decide what pattern to knit next, and I'm finishing the current project today or tomorrow.
I have 1 cone of heavy laceweight silk in silver grey (1260 yards/150g). I like rectangular shawls a lot, and I like when stitch pattern changes along the shawl (because I get bored easy). On the other hand, some shawls that have the same pattern all over are just too gorgeous and taking the effort can pay off. So for now I have two candidates (and every day I wake up absolutely sure one of them is the best one, only to change my mind along the day).
1) Myrtle Leaf Shawl, from Victorian Lace today. http://www.flickr.com/photos/convmiller/2534416355/
The book says it takes 950 yards in laceweight but the book is famous for giving less yardage than needed. Still, I think I have enough.
2) Queen Anne's Lace, by MMario. http://www.flickr.com/photos/21876267@N05/2218205272/
The one on the pic was made with Palette (Knitpicks), which is fingering, but many were made with laceweight and look great too. Yardage given for laceweight is around 1200 yards. For fingering, a little over 1300 yards, so I think I have enough too.
Please help me. I can't make up my mind.


"I'd rather be a climbing ape than a falling angel."
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2008 05:17:31 AM »

Aw man! They are both really beautiful!

I think I'd have to pick the Myrtle Leaf one, though. I'm not a huge fan of circle shawls, personally- even though it is very nice looking in the end. Decisions, decisions!

I also think rectangular ones are easier to block- and I HATE blocking.

Good luck in your choice! It's a tough one!
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008 09:45:22 AM »

I read the reply some time ago, agreed with it, spent some hours doing other things, changed my mind again... rinse, repeat.

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2008 12:06:56 PM »

i personally like the second one since you are doing it in that color. reminds me of a peacock or something like that, since its silk maybe you can always change the color(adding onto the color that is already there). but the first one seems easier though.

« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2008 02:40:22 PM »

But you know, everybody who knit the QAL says it looks complicated but it's really simple, and that the only thing that's difficult is the circular cast on. The first one, on the other side, has a knitted on border. Maybe if I follow the pattern without changing the number of repeats it will be easy, but the shawl I'm making now needed a border and I had to improvise one, and I FAILED on the maths part. Distributing the border repeats symmetrically on the long sides is impossible to me.

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