Unfortunately, however, I simply can’t seem to take a decent photograph of my newly finished Crown Prince Shawl (from Nancy Bush’s Knitted Lace of Estonia). I’ll share some of my mediocre shots in a moment. First, a few details.
I love the shawl design, but looking back it was a slog to knit; the nupps, while not difficult, became a bit wearing. Then there was the outer border. It is knitted in two pieces and sewn to the center of the shawl. I thought about ways of avoiding that for several reasons. First, it sounded tedious and I am not a great seamstress. Second, the reason for making it that way was traditional technique based on lack of circular needles. But I have circular needles and know how to use them. Third, I thought it would be more difficult to block the shawl. I finally relented and did it the traditional way because I liked the border (and it would have been more difficult than it looks to turn the pattern upside down and knit it outward from the shawl). My original fears were not misguided, however. I just don’t think this border looks as nice as one knitted onto the shawl would have looked. I’ll take ownership of that — I’m sure much of it is due to my poor sewing skills.
I love the color of the shawl. As I said in an earlier post, the yarn is Spirit Trail Fiberworks Atropos Bombyx Silk Laceweight. The color is Dragon’s Blood — deliciously appropriate after watching season one of Game of Thrones with my 19-year-old.
I’m still concerned that the shawl is a bit small. It did block out to about 52″ square. That’s close to the size the shawl was supposed to be. I think my personal preference would be for a larger square shawl so I could wear it a bit more dramatically, the way I can wear my large circular shawls. This size means I almost have to fold it into a triangle to wear — and if I am going to do that, I should have done half the knitting and just made another triangular shawl. Again, that’s on me. I knew the size when I started it. It does also look nice sort of folded in half like a stole, so all is not lost.
So if I were going to grade this project the way that my sister sometimes does, I’m not sure what grade I would give. It’s very pretty (which you won’t be able to see from my crappy photos), but I am not sure how much I’ll wear it. Le sigh.
Here is the border being sewn on. The color here is fairly true:
And now some woefully sad attempts at photos: