Pattern: Fountain Pen Shawl by Susan Lawrence
Source: Interweave Knits Spring 2009
Yarn: Zephyr Wool/Silk Lace Weight, Colorway Pewter
Needles: US 4
Began: February 13, 2009; Completed: March 24, 2009 (Raveled here).
Notes: I decided to knit both of my female bridal attendants a shawl, but didn’t necessarily want something matching. After choosing a Clapotis for KV, I wore my Icarus in front of my cousin Deanna. She loved it, and so I knew a simple, triangular shawl would be perfect. I think Icarus’ swaths of stockinette really show off a variegated or semi-solid yarn better, though, and so I looked for something a little lacier, but still relatively simple, for the lovely, silver-colored laceweight I had in stash. Once I saw this in the Spring IK, I think I cast on within 48 hours. This shawl is PERFECT. I love the pattern, which is straightforward and very easily memorized. The nupps were much easier than I thought they’d be, and I love the effect they produce.
I only modified this by doing one fewer lace repeat. I decided this because the shawl on the model is enormous and, while lovely, I think my cousin would prefer a slightly smaller shawl. I finished this back in March, but had it awaiting a good blocking before wrapping it up. I tested out the blocking wires on this puppy, and now I’ll never go back. The fabric is so soft and even, and opened up so nicely on the wires. I absolutely love the way it turned out, and may end up knitting an exact replica for myself. This should be easy considering I’ve got most of a cone left of the yarn, even after knitting two shawls in it. I can see why people love Wool Silk, though; it’s got a great drape, comes in a million colors, and is an absolute bargain. You can’t go wrong. I highly recommend this pattern, too, and think it would make a great beginner’s shawl since there is really one major lace repeat.
So there we go, both of my knitted wedding gifts done and blocked. I hope the ladies like them!