Faux Spanish Lace Shawl

Thor's picture

I just finished the MMario's Faux Spanish Lace Shawl for Paul's (PaxKnitter) Mother. I certainly did not get it done in time to give it to her in person when we visited Nashville last month... but it is done!

The fiber is Koigu 100% Merino Wool (50g/175yds/160m) in color/dye lot P72211 (I call it "Speckled Robin's Egg") and I used four hanks. Knitted using the new Size US7 Addi Turbo Lace needles that Paul gifted me when I started the project...Thank You, Paul!! Another "Paul Present" that I got to use on this project are the knit & lace blocking wires. I used them like glorified knitting needles, picking up stitches along the edges and then laying out and pinning the project to open up the lace pattern. Tedius, but I am very happy with the results. Much more even than straight pinning alone.

I had figured out that one inch of unblocked knitting would block out to approximately 1-1/2 inches so I measured the shawl accordingly. The finished size is about 76" wide by 39" in length.

It's on the blocking table now and should be ready to ship by morning! Pictures attached fresh off the needles and being blocked.

Thanks, again, MMario for sharing this pattern.

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Aaronknits's picture

Excellent work! I love the

Excellent work! I love the colors!

PaxKnitter's picture

It's very beautiful. I'm

It's very beautiful. I'm sure she'll love it. Thank you for knitting it for her.


scottly's picture

Very cool shawl! And those

Very cool shawl! And those blocking wires - where does one find those?


PaxKnitter's picture

I found them on

I found them on Amazon.com.


MMario's picture

Nice to see the before and

Nice to see the before and after - Lace is so fascinating in the way it ipens up and changes the whole look of the fabric.

Great job!

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

crmartin's picture

Beautiful! Randy



Asbjörn's picture

Beautiful work, and such a

Beautiful work, and such a nice delicate colorway. Those blocking wires are intriguing as well, I think I'll have to add them to my wishlist. Were they long enough to feed through the entire length of the shawl?

Thor's picture

The wires are about 36" long

The wires are about 36" long so they DO NOT cover any one side, however, I believe there were a dozen of the wires in the kit... each side had 2 to 3 wires on it.

Kerry's picture

A lovely shawl, and looks so

A lovely shawl, and looks so warm.

This is incredible!

This is incredible! Beautiful color! Wonderful work!
In addition to your project, I was also interested in your blocking table. What are those tiles that seem to lock together on the surface? I have never seen anything like that before. Where can you get them? - if you don't mind my asking.

Thor's picture

The tiles are a dense foam

The tiles are a dense foam flooring normally used in gyms around the barbells and dumbells. I got them at Dick's Sporting Goods. A set of six 2'x2' squares and the edging were about $50. There is also a child's playroom version in primary colors that is not as thick and, I believe, not as expensive. I think they are available at Toys-R-Us. I have also seen versions of each at those "big box" wholesalers like Sam's Club and Costco.

A really good looking shawl,

A really good looking shawl, and I love the colour. Well done.