This shawl is so lovely to knit, the pattern keep me going all the way without feeling bored. I have admire this pattern for so long but every time I go through the pattern it does scare me off, it look so complicated and confuse but once you cast on it is not as hard as you think in fact is a fantastic project.
I keep very close eye on the amount of yarn I used from the beginning until the end, hope that I could use every inch of my yarn without any leftover…ahhh… I still miscalculated at the end. I have about 20 % of yarn leftover after the last chart, but I was too lazy to frog it, so I just leave it the way it is and lucky it turn out large enough for me to wrap around my shoulder.
The pattern is quite flexible, you can either add on or reduce the pattern chart as you go, just have reserve certain amount of yarn to complete the edging. I love the texture on the star chart which I increase the repeat to 10, as I knit along the blossom chart I was so worry that I run out of yarn, I couldn’t really work out the math… I end up with 5 repeat only ( I should trust my weight scale).
I spend 3 hour blocking the shawl but at the end I decided not to block on the edging, I prefer a more rounded and natural curl edge, so instead of pin on edge to form a sharp point, I pinned on the pattern before the last bind off row and just let it dry. The Yarn was so thin before the bath, I was so worry it won’t stretch much. Fortunately, it bloom like a flower right after hitting the water and stretch out nicely to the prefect size. I am so glad I finally gives this shawl a go…it really worth the effort.
Pattern : Laminaria
Yarn : avril Handspun/dye silk H9915
Yardage : about 800+ yard
Needle : 3.75mm