Guild Member Show and Tell
The pattern is from the book “The Sock Report, Volume 1” and is titled “Tulip Dreams”. It’s actually on the cover of the book. I liked the shawl, but wanted it finer. I had some green Skacel Merino Lace, which at 1375m/100g is much finer than the sock yarn used for the model. The yarn label doesn’t actually give a suggested needle size for hand knitting. I am pretty sure I used a 2.75 mm needle.
As the shawl was going to be too small when knit according to the instructions, I extended the increases of the stocking stitch portion until I had double the number of stitches suggested for each repeat in the pattern. I then worked two repeats of the pattern in each section. This gave me the extra length and width that I needed. I used size 11/0 glass seed beads but when I went to add the beads, I found that my usual 0.6 mm crochet hook was too big for the beads, so went searching through my crochet hook stash to find something small enough to use. I came up with my Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic, which is a very tiny crochet hook (not a latch hook as I mentioned in Show and Tell), likely used to correct machine knit items. It was small enough to fit through the bead’s hole, and I was able to finish the edging.
This shawl is special because it is the finest one I’ve made so far, and I did the stocking stitch body while I was sitting with a friend through her chemo treatments several years ago. My friend is gone now, but I still have the shawl and the memories of our shared time.
And I will do another shawl in this fine lace weight yarn soon.
- Pat D
Pattern: Tulip Dreams from The Sock Report, Volume 1
Yarn: Skacel Merino Lace