Flower Basket Shawl

November 6, 2006 at 4:33 pm (FO, knitting)

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Pattern: Flower Basket Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark
Source: Interweave Knits, Fall 2004
Materials: Frog Tree Sportweight (100% Alpaca) in #26, 3 skeins; Clover Bamboo 24″ Circulars, Size 6
Started: October 6, 2006
Completed: November 5, 2006

Dimensions: Before blocking, 37″ x 16″; after blocking 54″ x 22″
The only modification was going down a needle size. I really like Brooklyn Tweed‘s versions of the Evelyn Clark shawls; they always have a really nice texture and weight to them. Because I went down a needle size, I did have to add two pattern repeats to get it to the dimensions I wanted, which is why I almost ran out of yarn. I swear, until the very end, I did not think I was going to make it!

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This is a Christmas present for my Mom, so I wanted to make something really nice. Not to get too mushy, but my Mom is just an excellent human being—kind and generous—she encompasses all of the best motherly qualities. And she is a crafter, a potter mostly, but she delves into rug hooking, beading, brass rubbing (seriously!), and any other number of crafty pursuits. I actually remember her embroidering a tapestry when I was a little kid! So tangent aside, she is a woman who really appreciates a handmade gift.

I’ve already waxed poetic about this yarn, but what the hey I’m going to do it again! The yarn is so soft, almost silky,  and it comes in a lot of vibrant, beautiful colors. Plus, you’re supporting a good cause when you buy it. It is produced by a non-profit cooperative in Bolivia that provides supplementary income to the women who produce the yarn.* Just keep in mind that it bleeds when blocked so you do have to rinse it a few times so as not to dye any unsuspecting towels.

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Please ignore my pale, sickly skin—the only reason I was able to post this with reasonable pictures is that I’m home sick . . sniffle sniffle . . . cough cough . . .

This was definitely challenging when I started. It was difficult to remember the pattern and checking every stitch on the chart was a pain. I did a lot of tinking. But after a few repeats the pattern starts to make sense and the rhythm of each row becomes evident. At that point you can just check each row on the chart and off you go. It really is a good entry level shawl, I think. So in sum, a fun project made with feel-good yarn for a wonderful mother. I’m definitely going to have to make myself a shawl relatively soon. Just for symmetry I’ll have to complete the Evelyn Clark trifecta with the Lace Leaf Shawl and the Shetland Triangle. Maybe then a Swallowtail Shawl, and Ene’s Scarf . . . . hmmmm . . . .

*See this link for more information.

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6 Comments

  1. Katie said,

    Lovely! It sounds like your mother is most worthy of this gift. 🙂 It’s nice when you give a gift to someone who will really appreciate it.

  2. Theresa said,

    How lovely lovely lovely! It seems like the perfect marriage of knitter, yarn, pattern, and worthy recipient!

  3. Leah said,

    It’s lovely!!! I’ve had this pattern on my list for a while now & yours is wonderful reminder of why! Your mother is going to love it!!

  4. Anni said,

    Beautiful color – a perfect gift. I made a Flower Basket Shawl for my mother in February – she loved it 🙂

  5. Jodi said,

    It’s absolutely beautiful! Your mother is a very lucky woman. And it sounds like you’re a very lucky daughter!

    I agree with you that Brooklyn Tweed’s shawls are always fabulous. I like that they have substance to them; they’re not just wispy.

  6. Rachel said,

    Great flower basket shawl!! I’m making one fo rmy sister and you have motivated me to finally finish it! Yours is beautiful!

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