Aran Weight Victorian Lace Shawl

boy412's picture

As you can see, I dropped my latest project for a different one. I ran across the Aran Weight Victorian Lace Shawl by Michelle Ciccariello on elann's website and knew I had to make it. I shown it to my wife and with her concent I ripped the 3 balls from her original shawl and started anew.

I started this project about 2 weeks ago and I've only completed the first ball ( for the 2nd time). I have run into problems with this pattern from the get go. The biggest problem was the "English Mesh Lace". Before I started I trolled the net to see what each pattern would look like and loved the results. Unfortunately the English Mesh never, ever turned out as expected. Over and over I worked on the pattern and failed in every attempt. I tried different needle sizes and still....

I finally desided to go to the source of the pattern. I went to my local library and as luck would have it, they carried Barbara Walker's, First Treasury (side note, I love this book). I went directly to the page where the pattern lied and I located the source of my distress (happy dance). Both ladies mention the need for mMultiple of 6 st repeat shown, + 1 edge st necessary at beg of all RS rows. The first 3 even number rows are exactly the same, but when we arrive on row 8.....

Ms. Ciccariello:
R8: * (K1, yo) twice, K1, sl1-K2tog-psso*, rep from * to *.

Ms. Walker:
R8: K2tog, * (K1, yo) twice, K1, sl1-K2tog-psso*, rep from * to last 5 sts, end (k1, yo) twice, k1, ssk.

You can all guess how happy I felt when this juicy bit of information dropped into my lap. ASAP, I got onto my laptop and re-charted this new information onto my excel file (thanks to the knitting font by Aire River Design, I'm such a geek).

As I mentioned before, I just completed my first ball and I'm trully happy with the results so far.

Until next time...



dandelion's picture

Knit, boy! Knit!

Knit, boy! Knit!

MMario's picture

That's not the only error -

That's not the only error - if I recall correctly; There is a support group for this shawl on yahoo groups. With corrected charts and instructions.
Luckily - when I knit it I ignored their instructions and just went by the description.

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