Project 6: Swallowtail Shawl

Swallowtail Shawl

I have been worshiping (silently & from a respectful distance) at the altar of The Selfish Seamstress for some time now. She is talented, dedicated, and delightfully snarky. She can sew like nobody’s business, and she drafts her own prize-winning patterns. She also writes haiku. I am not worthy.

Occasionally The Selfish Seamstress deigns to knit, and her Swallowtail shawls inspired fits of envy and desire. She kindly provided a link to the free pattern at Evelyn Clark Designs, so I downloaded and began knitting my own.

The process was not without drama. Literally SEVEN ROWS from completing this shawl (really, kind of a shawlette), I ran out of yarn. I used the glorious Cascade Venezia, which is a worsted weight merino and silk blend, in #158 Burgundy ~ not alas the #159 Ruby of which my local yarnshop employee had a remnant she was willing to let me have for free. It has a lovely hand and a beautiful luster, is lightweight and shows off the stitches to splendid effect (also, all my mistakes, but nevermind).

I spent several days trying to track down the matching color (forget about dye lot!). Happily, I was able to procure another full skein at Uniquities in Vienna, and I don’t think you can see the yarn change at all.

This shawl is constructed from the middle top out and down, essentially two shaped triangles mirroring each other along the center spine. I learned a lot making this shawl, and find this construction to be full of intriguing possibilities. I see lace design in my future!

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