Leaf Pattern Shawl

Hey guys, I've just finished my first lace project which is a shawl from Nancy Bush's "Knitted Lace of Estonia" book. Though I was a bit intimidated to try lace, the pattern was easy to follow and the directions were well-written. I made this as a Mother's Day present and got it done just in time! Actually, I'll be taking it to her when my partner and I make the trip to PA for a visit next week. But I'm so excited to give it to her as the finished piece is quite beautiful (and I say that in all modesty!). Have any of you made this or any of the other shawls from Nancy's book? Or are there any other lace shawl books or patterns that you would recommend? I definitely enjoyed making this and look forward to my next lace project!

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beenieg80's picture

I love it! That a a beautiful shawl.

AKQGuy's picture

Absolutely beautiful work. I'm sure she's going to love it. Great work sir. I myself have been slowly working my way through Cheryl Oberle's book "Folk Shawls". Haven't met one of her lace patterns I don't like yet. Also if you're a ravelry guy, look up the "Forest Ridge" Shawlette. You can easilt expand it and the one I just did was done in a wool fingering that blocked out larger so it wouldn't take but a couple repeats of the patter to give you a full size shawl. Good luck with whatever you move onto:

Kerry's picture

What a beautiful shawl, you've done a great job.

I'm making the Lilac Leaf Shawl from the same book and have several others earmarked. I agree that the patterns are well written. Another good boook is Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby. Both books have group pages on Ravelry.

Edited to add that there are corrections to Knitted Lace of Estonia on an Interweave page http://www.interweave.com/corrections/Knitted_Lace_Estonia-corrections.asp

KenInMaine's picture

Can't wait to see you Lilac Leaf shawl when it's done. Thanks for mentioning the other lace book and especially for the correction page for the Estonia book!!

rc_in_sd's picture

Hi Ken,

Beautiful work on the shawl! It's hard to believe that that was your first lace effort.

I recently finished a Spring Leaves lace stole, a rectangular version of a triangular pattern called Gail/Nightsongs. I really enjoyed the pattern and both are available as free ravelry downloads. There's another pattern on ravelry called "In the Pink" that looks like it has some amazing shaping going on. I haven't done it yet, but it's on my list.


KenInMaine's picture

Hi Ray, thanks for the tips on the shawls you mentioned. I'll definitely check them out.

Tom Hart's picture

Wow! I can see why you're all excited about lace! That's just magnificent. Really gorgeous. Great craftsmanship. Congratulations!

Mnjack's picture

The shawl is beautiful. I love the color you chose. I think your mother will be thrilled. Very nice job, thanks for posting.

KenInMaine's picture

Thanks guys for the nice comments on the shawl!

MMario's picture

heh-heh-heh-heh-heh! Another convert to the Dark Side of knitting.

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rjcb3's picture

VERY beautiful!!!

...and it blocked out so nicely, too.

I'm sure she'll love it.

Excellent work.


purlyman's picture

Wow... beautiful and amazing work. Your mother's going to be blown away I'm sure of it. I have yet to do any lace work or shawls. I have not gone to the Dark Side as MMario would say. Only a matter of time, I'm sure. Congrats on your fantastic work!!!


davidjames181's picture

Wow, that very impressive! Did it take a long time to knit?
I'm curious how did you block it? I have a lace shawl I'm knitting for a friend, nothing as ornate as yours but I haven't figured out the whole blocking thing yet...

KenInMaine's picture

Hi David. I turned to youtube and found lots of tutorial videos on blocking lace. I ended up getting lace blocking wires from Knit Picks that made the process very easy; I'd definitely recommend using them, no matter where you get them. Good luck with your shawl. I hope you post pics when it's done!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Extremely nice work, Ken. I like doing lace and can add Sharon Miller's 'Heirloom Lace' to the list. It can be tricky to find [SchoolHouse press - Meg Swansen - used to have it] as it is from England. It deals with traditional Shetland lacework, which has lots of common ties to Estonian. I used the Lilac Leaves pattern as part of a recent PI Shawl and it turned out quite nice. Welcome to the Dark Side. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Loom Dude's picture

What a beauty!


HuskerChub's picture

I generally do not like non-solid colors for lace as it often seems to fight with the lace pattern. However, this is a great combination, the lace is not too busy and the changes in the coloration are spaced so you can still see large areas of a solid color and it looks great! As far as lace books, VLT that was mentioned, A Gathering of Lace by Meg Swanson, Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller, Stahman's Shawls and Scarves by Myrna Stahman, Shetland Lace by Gladys Amedro, and Knitting Lace by Susanna Lewis are some of my favorites all for different reasons. I'm actually just a lace slut so I try and collect anything I can that is lace oriented!

KenInMaine's picture

Yes, I was wondering about using a non-solid colored yarn, but am happy with the results. However I think I'll stick to solids from now on. And thanks for all the book recommendations! I'm going to see if I can get any of them through the inter-library loan system before actually purchasing, though I'll probably just end up buying them anyway!

MMario's picture

I tend to prefer solids or "nearly solids" for lace - but the (regretably few) varigated yarns that have extremly long colour runs - such as knitpicks chroma and jojoland can also give very interesting effects.

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

Kerry's picture

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk is where I bought both the books I mentioned. They were cheaper than Amazon and have free postage worldwide. Many local libraries have good collections of knitting books.