The shawl is worked in an all-over lace pattern and has a somewhat traditional feel to it, but with a few unexpected and subtle surprises. It's worked from the center-out like most triangle shawls, but instead of using a triangular shape, I opted for three equal triangles, which together wrap gracefully and generously around the shoulders, and create a gentle curve around the back/center section. I wanted the focus to be on the graphic nature of the lace, so instead of using yarn overs for my increases, I used lifted increases. That way the lace panels are separated only by delicate purl columns rather than more lace.
The lace pattern repeats are just slightly asymmetrical, a subtle feature that creates a feeling of directional movement, especially at the edging. The lace is worked on both right and wrong sides, and the edging continues the body lace pattern to fluttering, draping points.
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50 in/127 cm wide at upper edge and 20 in/51 cm tall
(75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk; 400 yd 366 m/115 g):
Color #271 Bloom, 2 skeins
22 sts and 26 rows = 4 in/10 cm in lace pattern, after blocking
Needles & Notions
Size US #6/4 mm 24 in/61 cm and 60 in/152.5 cm circular needles
lace on both right and wrong sides using charted instructions, lifted increase, picking up stitches