Unst Bridal Shawl

aah's picture

Here are a few photos of my Unst Bridal Shawl, which I finished a few weeks ago. The pattern is pieced together from single patterns from Sharon Miller's book Heirloom-Knitting. It measures about 1,80 meter square and is knitted from 1-ply Shetland Supreme from Jamieson & Smith. Weight 174 grammes which equals about 2800 meters.
I first knitted the center square, then picked up stitches on all four sides and then knitted in the round. On the last circular row, just before attaching the edge, I had about 1150 stitches. I have never before knitted lace with patterns on ALL rows, so it was quite a challenge. It has taken 300-350 hours to knit.
Greetings from a beautiful summer Denmark

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KenInMaine's picture

All I can say is WOW! That is just beautiful...well done!!

WOW, Indeed !!!! Truly impressive---a genuine Magnum Opus.

Bill's picture

Absolutely exquisite!
A three hundred plus hour work of art!

That shawl is truly a testament to your patience. I have quit on projects that involve pattern work on each row; I like the mental shutdown and relaxation of simply knitting on at least every other row. Now, was there a lucky bride in mind as you made it, or is it to be a display piece?


ronhuber's picture

A gorgeous masterpiece. Well done.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Truly magnificent, Aage. I adore Miller's book and use it as a reference all of the time for lace projects. Cangratulations on a great achievement. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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

Kerry's picture

What a beautiful shawl, it looks amazing.

RickMartin's picture

WONDERFUL!! A true heirloom. Was it knit for someone in particular, or just because you had an extra 300-350 hours to spare?


Tom Hart's picture

What a masterpiece! Absolutely brilliant!

kiwiknitter's picture

What a piece of art! I imagine you must be very proud of this work. It looks worth all those hours!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Masala's picture

Sir, that is incredibly beautiful. You never fail to post another fabulous piece of incredible art and work of human hands.

Jaw dropping amazing.

chipsir's picture

I am a lace knitter but I bow to your ability, I am just in awe of this piece. It is just to beautiful to say anything but awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done indeed.

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aah's picture

Hello everybody,
thank you very much for all your kind comments. The shawl is not named in any way, so I will probably end up selling it for a ridiculously low price to someone who likes it. It's been fun knitting it, and that is the most important thing for me.
Again thank you everyone for your kind words.

MMario's picture

Simply stunning!

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bobinthebul's picture

Well, everyone else has said pretty much what I would have said (but I missed the boat). Can we say "f***ing" here? Cause it's f***ing awesome. :)

bkeith's picture

Holy cow! Gorgeous!