Pangea: My First Lace Shawl Design (KAL Preview)

I’ve finished knitting up Pangea, my first lace shawl design. I bound off on Thursday, and my friend Chris helped my do the blocking on Friday. As soon as the yarn from Curious Creek arrives so Chris can start test knitting, I’ll begin posting the pattern as a KAL. Chris will stay a step or two ahead of the published pattern—that way, if I’ve made mistakes in writing up the steps, I’ll only tick her off and not a whole crew of knitters.

Here’s the shawl on Thursday afternoon, pre-blocking:
The shawl, draped

And here it is all pinned out on Friday:
The shawl, blocked

This yarn in this particular coloway (Silk Noil and Shetland Lamswool in Melgund from Simply Shetland) is just a nightmare to photograph. In real life, it’s a lovely creamed spinach shade (yes, I’m using lovely and creamed spinach in the same sentence). On film it washes out to a grubby grey-green that doesn’t begin to do it justice. Wearing it makes me feel like a forest nymph, draped in soft mosses. In case you’re more of a river nymph type, don’t worry: Chris will be knitting up the individual steps in a delicious, watery blue, so you’ll have two very different color options to consider.

The hardest—and most delightful—part of designing this project was deciding how to transition from one stitch to another. I had fun playing with shortened/lengthened/widened versions of one stitch as a segue into the next. My goal was to have a series of stitches that were each distinct, but that didn’t separate out along a fixed, hard line when one looked at them. (Now I’m toying with ideas for a very hard-line shawl, but that’s still in the incubation stage.) The hardest bit of knitting this project was the last nine rows, which are true lace, with the pattern knit in on both right side and wrong side rows—definitely neither bed-time knitting nor knitting to drink wine by.

Once the KAL gets going, I hope you’ll enjoy this project as much as I have. Meanwhile, I’m toting the shawl about with me, petting it during breaks between my various work and home chores, and forcing all my non-knitting friends to admire it.

September 29 2008 09:20 am | Uncategorized

19 Responses to “Pangea: My First Lace Shawl Design (KAL Preview)”

  1. Gail on 29 Sep 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    Wow… that is a very impressive lace design. It’s lovely.

  2. mkaston on 29 Sep 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    That is GORGEOUS! I’d LOVE to do this KAL!!

  3. .: tani :. on 29 Sep 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    love it. i’d love to participate in the KAL!

  4. tammy on 29 Sep 2008 at 4:03 pm #

    Wow! That is lovely and amazing and gorgeous, all at once. Well done you. I wish I could do a KAL but I am under the yoke of Christmas knitting. 😉

  5. Jane on 29 Sep 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    I can’t wait for the KAL…..simply beautiful!

  6. lella on 29 Sep 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    It’s very beautiful. I wish that I could do that KAL because the pattern is very appealing to me, the way it transitions through the patterns that way. And yes, what a bear it is to get good pictures of the mossy greens. It’s so lovely. Have fun!

  7. PugUgly on 29 Sep 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    (PugUgly from ravelry) – i love lace shawls, your’s is beautiful – would love to take part in the KAL

  8. kelly on 29 Sep 2008 at 6:02 pm #

    Pretty! I’d be interested in the KAL as well.

  9. thea on 29 Sep 2008 at 6:12 pm #

    wowza – it’s gorgeous!! congrats on finishing up the design – can’t wait to see some FOs soon — thea

  10. Trine (Floderten from Rav) on 29 Sep 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    This is gorgeous. I have some DiC Baby in “Strange Harvest” that might be perfect for this shawl… I’d be interested in this KAL as well. 🙂 You’re very talented!

  11. adrienne on 30 Sep 2008 at 7:03 am #

    it’s your first shawl design? lovely. let me know when the kal begins.

  12. CatBookMom on 30 Sep 2008 at 8:44 am #

    That is gorgeous! I’d like to join the KAL, too, but I’m so bad at keeping up.

  13. betty on 30 Sep 2008 at 5:03 pm #

    Looks like fun! I’m in, I love Kals especially lace!

  14. marina on 01 Oct 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    I’d like to participate in the KAL

    the shawl is lovely, well done!

  15. Lin on 03 Oct 2008 at 2:57 am #

    Thats a beautiful shawl!

  16. Elysbeth on 04 Oct 2008 at 10:05 am #


  17. Sarah on 05 Oct 2008 at 10:48 pm #

    What a glorious knit and design! Thank you for sharing your inspiring creation. I can’t wait to get started on the KAL.

  18. Margaret on 06 Oct 2008 at 12:59 am #

    What a wonderful shawl, how can I join the KAL please?

  19. Nan on 06 Oct 2008 at 3:56 am #

    Oh yes… count me on in this knit along too! I can’t wait to start! This is beautiful! Thank you in advance for this fun way to get the project done. I just finished my first knit along and it was so much fun, I don’t know why I waited so long to get involved! So, bring on the clues… I’ll be waiting!

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