June 2, 2010

Lilac Leaf Shawl

In the past few weeks I've been knitting this shawl in a leisurely manner. I had the goal of finishing it before Saturday this week, so that I could wear it to my brother's high school graduation, likely the only somewhat formal occasion I will be attending this summer. That goal was reached quite easily. For the most part, the pattern, from Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia, was easily memorized or at least followed. The nupps were the most challenging part for me (purl seven together, yikes), followed by the Kitchener stitching required to attach the top lace edge to the rest of the shawl. The mid portion, so, most of the shawl, was very easy.

I used a lace weight yarn called Elegant by teetee (which, I've found out, is the exact same yarn as Wetterhoff Silvia, which I also have in my stash in a different color). It's a "natural" shade of white, and I think I would have preferred pure white instead, but I think this will do. Pure white would have looked better against the black dress, though.

I'm interested in knitting other shawls from this book, too, at least ones with no more than a moderate number of nupps. However, I've signed up for the 52 Pair Plunge at Ravelry, meaning you will be seeing a lot of socks from me in the future, again.


  1. Lovely! You'll look so nice at your brother's graduation! And you'll probably get lots of opportunities to say those magic words "I made it myself..." ;))

  2. I'm glad your reached your goal (and easily!) and had a good occasion to wear it! It's beautiful!

  3. Very elegant! Perfect with the dress you're wearing in the pictures. Which, by the way, looks fantastic on you.

  4. Niin ihana huivi... Kirja on kyllä täynnä aivan hurmaavia malleja!

    Itse teen nypyt siten, että nypyn langankiertoja tehdessäni teen yhden langankierron sijaan kaksi langankiertoa. Sitten seuraavalla kierroksella, kun langankierroista tehdään nyppy nurjan silmukan avulla, siirrän kaikki nypyn silmukat ensin vasemmalta puikolta oikealle puikoille ja puran samalla kaksoislangankierrot yksöislangankierroiksi. Sitten taas siirrän nypyn silmukat takaisin vasemmalle puikolle ja teen nypyn. Siten nypyn silmukoista tulee löysiä ja nypyn tekeminen pelkillä puikoilla ja ilman virkkuukoukkua onnistuu. :)