Monday, March 15, 2010

FO: Olympic Rose of England Tea Shawl

As you may have guessed, the radio silence has meant that I totally failed to complete my Rose of England by the end of the Olympics. I was going crazy knitting Thursday and Friday before the Olympics ended and realized that I wasn't having any fun. So I eased up, and just enjoyed the ride. It's taken me until today to finish the last dozen or so rows and the crocheted bind off.

Pattern: Rose of England (tea cloth) from Marianne Kinzel's Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting
Yarn: Baruffa Cashwool, most of one hank (~1400 yards)
Needles: Size 6 Knitpicks options, Size B crochet hook for the edging.
Size: Blocked to 58" across, pulled back some once off the pins

Kinzel's pattern is clear and well written, but that didn't stop me from having trouble wrapping my head around it. The charts have a slightly different style from most modern lace charts, which threw me for a bit of a loop. Then there's the matter of casting on for such a small diameter, which is always a bit tricky.

After the first day of knitting, I found that I had completely missed... something. I'm still not sure exactly what happened, but I had to rip out completely and start over. So I lost some time there. It was all pretty much smooth sailing after that. Except for the problem of the Extremely Long Rows toward the end. And that was just a problem of inertia. I did get hung up a bit at the crocheted edging, but after reviewing multiple instructions on how to do a double crochet, I found's the most useful, and off I went.

The yarn was lovely. It's been in my stash for years, and I was glad to use the Olympics as a chance to use it up. I didn't run into any knots or slubs, which is very nice over that length of yarn.

Preblocking, the usual crumpled mess:
Rose of England Shawl

Blocking. It took all my T-pins, and most of the safety pins I could dig up to pin out the crocheted loop edging.
Rose of England Shawl

Draped over a chair:
Rose of England Shawl

Hanging off the side of the fridge:
Rose of England Shawl

Edging details:
Rose of England Shawl
Rose of England Shawl

Center details:
Rose of England Shawl
Rose of England Shawl

And now onto the next!


Kathy said...

Stunning! I've looked at this pattern. Makes me want to give it a try.

stringplay said...

Just outstandingly beautiful. I love the red color and the detail. I'm glad you worked on it according to your own schedule to make a more enjoyable process. Truly, just beautiful!

Faerynuff said...

That is gorgeous!

DeltaDawn said...

Bee-yooo-tee-ful!!! Makes me almost want to knit one too!