Queen Anne Lace Shawl - Blocked

TomH's picture

I finally got around to blocking my first Queen Anne Lace shawl knit from Mario's pattern. I love the pattern. I do apologize for the picture. Due to my unusual blocking style, you can see the duct tape that is holding my blocking board together as well as a piece of paper under the center of the shawl that I use to mark the center of the rays that lead outward. Hopefully you'll get to see enough of the shawl to get a sense of it.

Now I just have to finish the other two Queen Anne Lace shawls I have on the needles right now and get them blocked.

You can see the unblocked version of this QAL here: Pink QAL shawl unblocked

I've also attached a photo showing a detail of the shawl.

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scenter's picture

Fantastic! Great looking

Fantastic! Great looking shawl - the blocking really makes it 'pop'

Just curious - have you guesstimated the time investment?
Also, what was the yarn used?

TomH's picture

I'm not the fastest knitter

I'm not the fastest knitter in the world and I back track and count every stitch in each pattern repeat on every row. By doing so, I usually catch any knitting errors before it's too late. But I would guess I put in a couple hundred hours.

I used KnitPick's Palette yarn. Color = Blush.

MMario's picture

I figured somewhere between

I figured somewhere between 100 and 120 hours for the last one I did; but less then that for the previous three; mostly because on the last I was double checking *what* I did so that I could write it down.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

TomH's picture

That's probably about right.

That's probably about right. I'm sure I knit much slower than Mario. So my shawl took probably took 120 - 130 hours. I thought about keeping track of the hours spent but decided it would be too much work and would probably be overwhelmed if I knew how long it really took.

rjcb3's picture

Magnificent! What else can I

Magnificent!

What else can I say? Absolutely magnificent.

You've done such an excellent job.

)O(
robert

albert's picture

Wow! I'm looking at this

Wow! I'm looking at this but I can't comprehend how it was knit- flat?

MMario's picture

In the round. all that

In the round. all that started with just 8 stitches in the center.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

MMario's picture

Tom, I am stunned, stupified

Tom, I am stunned, stupified and incoherent! WOW!

I never took a picture of the one I blocked in points; I'm usually too lazy to do so...and yours is **incredible**

Love the detail shot!

I am humbled beyond belief that you have managed to make such a thing of beauty from my directions.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

One word...stunning

One word...stunning

RareSteek's picture

I stand in awe of you. I

I stand in awe of you. I can't even imagine attempting such a thing. It is gorgeous. I am curious as to the size of it. How many cm. (or inches) across would it be?

This is beautiful, I really

This is beautiful, I really love it. Lucky sister!

BuduR's picture

It's gorgeous Tom. What is

It's gorgeous Tom. What is your blocking style?

Kerry's picture

Wow, Tom, that looks great,

Wow, Tom, that looks great, you do such beautiful work. Have you tied threads to the points to block them?

TomH's picture

I used stainless steel

I used stainless steel T-pins to block each point. I laid the dampened shawl out onto the blocking board and stretched it as I pinned each point to a ray line.

RCC's picture

What a wonderful

What a wonderful gift..........so elegant and intricate! A beautiful job. Although I wouldn't qualify as a sister, I'm up for adoption!

Knit on.......
Rex

TomH's picture

Hmmmm - let me think about

Hmmmm - let me think about that.

Marc's picture

How absolutely beautiful! I

How absolutely beautiful! I hope your sister appreciates the amount of effort that clearly went into it.

Celowin's picture

This shawl looked great

This shawl looked great unblocked, but now it looks absolutely stunning. I don't think there is anything to apologize about the picture... while the center isn't very clear, the fringe nearest the camera shows off the pattern better than any previous photo I've seen of this shawl.

Who is the lucky recipient?

TomH's picture

Thanks for your kind words.

Thanks for your kind words. It's a Christmas present for one of my sisters. I'm knitting a QAL shawl in purple for my other sister.