See the full sized image in Photo Gallery This was a little more challenging than the first lace shawl I designed. I was a little intimidated by the yarn: Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace yarn. It was a touch thicker than thread. It felt so delicate in my fingers, that I was afraid I was going to break it. But, then I did my test swatch and OMG! After washing and blocking, the fiber came alive! The yarn bloomed and softened up so much - I caught myself petting the swatch all day. Then, I was extremely anxious to start the actual shawl. I really like the shape of Faroese shawls. Plus, with a little extra shaping in the shoulders, this kind of shawl really just sits on your shoulders! I love it.
I used a variation of old shale for the center gusset of lace, and for the lace border along the bottom. Only six repeats on each side of the gusset. Once you get started, it really goes smoothly. Not mindless, but not really complicated either. Blocked size approximately 65" by 28". Much larger than that, and it looks like the shawl is wearing you, instead of you wearing the shawl.
As always, questions and comments are very welcome!
Pattern available at: Styled By Kristin