Knit the Lale Shawl from Knitscene Winter 2012

Many months ago, while we were photographing Knitscene Winter over a couple of incredibly hot days in July, Katie Himmelberg, our photo stylist, fell in love with the knitted lace in the Lale Shawl, designed by Corrina Ferguson. This shawl is designed around a counterpane panel, one of the knitting techniques we focused on in this issue. She whipped up her own shawl before our recent Knitscene Spring and Summer photo shoots (…you did read that correctly) and wore it over four days of chilly weather (and models running around in shorts—sorry models!). Katie wrote about her experience knitting this beautiful shawl.

When I'm photostyling Knitscene and deciding what kinds of clothing would look good with each project, I get a sneak peek at what each issue will hold. There are always so many projects that catch my eye; some I think that would go great in my wardrobe or make a great gift, some that have extra-interesting construction or technique, or maybe just something I want to knit immediately! The Lale Shawl was all three of those things. I loved the way it looked and I had no shawls in my massive scarf collection, plus the counterpane technique seemed really interesting and I was ready to drop everything I was working on and cast-on right away.

Even though it doesn't always photograph well, I love the look of lace in a dark color of yarn. After deciding to knit my Lale in Madeline Tosh DK in the colorway Kale (oh my, a Kale Lale!), I also chose to knit my version on a size 7 needle rather than the size 8 called for in the pattern to result in a smaller shawl. Otherwise, I followed the pattern exactly. The shawl starts in the center of the lace panel with lots of texture in the botanical, leafy pattern worked in the round. When the center square is complete, stitches along one side of the square are kept live and worked into one of the shawl's wings. Then the edging is added to live stitches along two sides of the square before completing the second wing along the square's fourth edge. Since there was always something new going on, I couldn't put this project down and finished it in record time!

I wet-blocked my shawl and pinned out the points in the edging. If I were to do it again, I'd make sure to use blocking wires or thread to block it and make sure that my square was square before pinning out the edging. My finished shawl (because I knit it on a smaller needle) measures 24" deep and 46" wide versus the pattern's 32" by 64". I think it's the perfect size to wear bandanna-style and tuck it into the front of my coat all winter long.

Which patterns from Knitscene are you itching to knit? The issue officially hits newsstands today, so get your needles ready!

Happy knitting,

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