Pattern: from Wrap Style by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss in Woodland Sage, 2 1/2 hanks
Needles: Inox Circs, US 6
Modifications: Yarn substitution, added 5 main body repeats and eliminated the last two rows of the edging chart
I really like this shawl, it's gorgeous. I was originally going to make it in red; but, then at the last minute decided to go with this bluish-green color (this should have been my first sign that I was not going to keep it for myself...the reds being my personal favorite when it comes to accesorizing pieces). Also, red has been a very popular color for this shawl... In any case, it came out beautifully and I love it and I think the recipient will too.
I opted to make the same modifications as brooklyn tweed suggested, I thought the uber-pointy edges on the original were just a bit much (and knowing the recipient so well, I think this was a really wise choice).
I think the most interesting part of the process of knitting this shawl was watching the dramatic change of the unblocked piece. After knitting, it was puckery and kind of sad looking. After blocking, the pattern pops!
This is an ideal project for a lace beginner, especially with fingering (or heavier) weight yarn. The pattern is super easy, and when you get these results, why fight it?
If you haven't yet used the Knit Picks Gloss line yet I think it's at least worth a try. It's a 70/30 wool/silk blend that was pretty easy to knit with. It did split a little, but not too much. Knit Picks is advertising this yarn as a sock yarn. While knitting with it, I didn't feel like it was elastic enough for socks, but what do I know. I ordered a goodly amount of it so I might try some socks with it eventually.
If you haven't done so, you should knit one of these! Go! Knit! Now!