There are shawls and then there are shawls. Can you believe this glorious one in red lace? (It brings to mind what the “lady in red” could have been wearing). Yes, it was hand knit by one of our subscribers (Lowell). (In addition, you can see a larger version in the gallery.)
Lowell selected the knitting pattern for this shawl from Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby which is one of our favorite books for knitted lace patterns. He reports that it took about 3 1/2 months to make up although he was not working on it full time during those months so it’s a bit tough to tell exactly how long it did take him to knit. Suffice it to say that he took less time than I would have taken to work it up.
Knitting needles used were a size 4 bamboo and the yarn used was Jade Sapphire “Lacey Lamb”. The Lacey Lamb is an extra fine 100% lamb’s wool making the shawl super soft and luxurious to the touch. Can you imagine how it might feel on bare shoulders if worn with a strapless or spaghetti strap dress? and the red just screams “siren”, ooh la la!
I’ve seen several other fabulous lacy knitted works from Lowell in the past and will see what I can do about getting more pictures to share. Lowell is clearly very comfortable knitting lace. His view is that it really only requires the addition of the psso :o). I would add that knitting large lace patterns also requires a healthy dose of patience (no ‘instant gratification’ here) and accurate counting skills or tools.