So here's just a few quick pictures (with my crappy built in webcam) of my QAL shawl as soon as it came off the needles. It is roughly 54 inches in diameter...we'll see what size it ends up after blocking. I can't decide how often to pull it into points, as I've seen some others do just the diamond mesh, and others do the design in between the diamond mesh as well. Thoughts?
As far as I can gues-timate, I used approximately 1000 yards of Cascade Alpaca Lace yarn, with the bulk of the knitting (like, everything after round 40) on size 8 needles.


af7v's picture

Beautiful work. Everyone here is going to inspire me to pick up a few shawl pattern pretty soon.

bigrich5885's picture

Thanks for the comment. Lace (at least this pattern) isn't all that's the same stitches as "regular knitting", just takes a little time to get acclimated to using thinner yarn with regular size needles.

MMario's picture

shhhhhhhhh!!!! Don't tell them that!

The correct response is:

It was incredibly difficult; sometimes I bled from the ears, not to mention the fingertips - but I persevered because I'm dedicated to my art....

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

RickMartin's picture

And don't forget the part about ramming the knitting needles into your eyes!


DeceptiveCookie's picture

Gorgeous! I can't wait to see it blocked. I really need to work on my QAL more... I have 4 inches of it started... but haven't had enough quiet down time to work on it.

bigrich5885's picture

Thanks! I'm anxious to get it blocked, but not sure I have time to do it properly for at least another couple days...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice...lace can be lots of fun. I hope to start a shawl for a friend's fundraiser in the Spring. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

steve kadel's picture

nice job. i made one so i appreciate the time that goes into it. enjoy

we won't just get a cat, nubby nu nu, will manifest a kitten from our love and lint from our hemp socks

we put birds on things

Spicemanknit's picture

Very Impressive bigrich! It's blow my mind on what you guys can do. Sorry Ladies, but us men can knit some awesome things too.

That's why this lady joined this site. I stumbled across the site, saw all the wonderful things, both on the needles and completed, and had to join. You guys are awesome and I have learned so much from you.

Aaronknits's picture

Unblocked and 54 inches across? Oh my! It's beautiful, and when you block it, it's going to be really beautiful. Excellent work!

MMario's picture

There are four ways to block QAL -

A) smooth round....which is what I did with the original prototype

B) Blocked into points at the center point of the diamonds.

c) blocked into points at the midpoint of the mesh

D) Blocked at both B & C

If you cruise Ravelry you will probably see pictures that will give you an idea of which you prefer.

**THANK YOU** for using the lace weight with the 5 mm needles. While I don't think I've seen a QAL in any weight yarn that was a "failure" - I truly love the ethereal quality of the lace and cobweight ones done on the large needles.

(Okey - I get a pretty damn big kick out of seeing pictures of ANY QAL - but that's just my ego)

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

TomH's picture

Can't wait to see it blocked. Once it's blocked, you might try photographing it against white so we can see all the fine detail.

RickMartin's picture

Great job - I joined the line of those waiting to see it blocked!