Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Estonian shawl finished


Estonian shawl finished
Originally uploaded by Asplund
This is how my knitted-on edge turned out. Not sure how far my yarn would last I decided to knit a pattern that could be cast off practically any time; this one consists of two different pattern rows and two plain rows.

There was more yarn than I expected, so I ended with a few pattern rows with extra increases for more pronounced points. I'm pleased with the edge (I wanted something airy to balance the fairly compact main pattern) although I think the original design is prettier.

That goes for the whole shawl, by the way, even though I'm happy with my modifications - and even happier that I've left my old fear of experimenting and taking liberties with patterns behind. I've learnt a lot (and still do) from following instructions, but it's nice not to have to depend on them all the time.

My modifications in short:
1. Variation star motif used. It's bigger, so I made this shawl five stars wide instead of seven.
2. Garter-stitch border skipped.
3. Centre "grid" pattern resized to blend with the stars, and I added different groups of nupps to it.
4. Edge knitted on instead of made separately and sewn on. (Which keeps this from being a real Haapsalu shawl, but I guess it's safe to call it Haapsalu-ish!)

The finished shawl measures ca 115x105 cm (45x41 in).

12 comments:

Knitting-twitter said...

it turnt out really beautiful!!
greetings Christa

Fadenstille said...

A real star is born, more than one.....
greetings Anett

Ann said...

It is very pretty!
We schould all try at least once to knit one of the old traditional patterns - lace or other knitting

Elios said...

Absolutely gorgeus!

christinelaennec said...

That is really gorgeous. Well done!

ylva said...

lovely!

MaryjoO said...

it is breathtaking!!

Ing-Marie i Säter said...

Vilken otroligt vacker sjal. som ett konstverk. Du är otrolig.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful.
Ron

Piano Tuner said...

Beautiful work!

Buck Strong said...

I love it! I just paid a small fortune for an Estonian book on lace. I can't wait to put it into action.

stickresan said...

Vackert!