Peacock Shawl

Finally, it’s finished! This wasn’t the greatest day to take photos, but I was anxious to get it done and up. You’ll have to excuse the number of photos, it’s not every day I finish a huge lace shawl.

Project Details:

Yarn: Blue Heron Egyptian Mercerized Cotton, color Bluegrass, from Sonny & Shear
Pattern: Peacock Feathers Shawl, by Dorothy Siemens
Needles: Knit Picks Harmony circular, size 3.5mm
Started: August 3, 2008
Finished: May 8, 2009
For: Me

What I Learned: I just love knitting lace. I also love Dorothy Siemens. Her patterns are very well written. Though this looks like a complicated piece, it really isn’t. All the wrong side rows are purled, and the charts and instructions are thorough and detailed. The pattern calls for 1260 yards of laceweight. The Blue Heron is in 1000 yard skeins, so I had to buy two of them*. This yarn is on the heavier side of laceweight, almost a fingering, making this a very large shawl. Since I’m nearly 6 feet tall (I have always been pissed off that I never hit 6 feet!), it fits me well.

I also like the yarn. I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy knitting with cotton for lace, but it turned out nicely. It also blocked like a dream. The color is just barely variegated, enough to give some interest but not so much as to detract from the lovely lace patterns. I predict that I’ll get a lot of wear out of this.

*Yes, there’s quite a bit of this leftover. Stay tuned to see what I’m going to do with it!


Peacock Shawl — 34 Comments

  1. Beautiful work! You’ve inspired me to dig out my unfinished (just started?) Pi Shawl and get busy on that again. Do you have someplace special to wear that shawl?

  2. Simply stunning – the colour is perfect for the pattern, and what beautiful, sharp and clear knitting. And I am so impressed that it’s cotton. Lovely lovely thing. I think you need to go somewhere equally gorgeous to wear it – Maui maybe? Or at least a symphony.

  3. What a beautiful shawl! I haven’t worked up the courage to knit a fine shawl yet, but I have two skeins of Zephyr in the stash…

  4. That is so-o-o-o beautiful. Couldn’t possibly be too many photos, I would never tire of looking at it. The design, the colour, the wonderful knitting, the wearer!!! πŸ˜‰ No seriously, this one was already on my to-do list, and your showing it has moved it up!
    Extremely well done, no wonder you are pleased, I would be dancing in the street wearing it (it’s ok, they wouldn’t fetch the little green van, they know I’m harmless really πŸ™‚ ).
    very best knitwishes,

  5. It’s just gorgeous! And I’m glad you posted more photos–I couldn’t tell the size of it from the blocking pictures. Stunning, and it looks fabulous on you!

  6. It’s just beautiful! I have had that kit for a few years – and would love to knit it if only my arm would stop flaring up and I can actually make any headway with knitting!

  7. Lovely shawl! The color is wonderful. I am almost finished with my first two shawls (Beginner’s Triangle in A Gathering of Lace and another one from Ravelry). It is a trial; but rewarding! Good on you!

  8. Oh Lorette! You have every right to photo brag about her. She is absolutely breath taking! I love the subtlety of the variegation in the yarn. I can’t wait to hear about all the places she gets to accompany you. Now I MUST finish the Clapotis and the Princess Lace Wrap so I can make something along the lines of this one….you are an inspiration once again!

  9. It is just fabulous! The color looks great on your too! I also love that it is a good size shawl. Mine seem to shrink after they are blocked.

  10. Lorette, that shawl is beautiful!! And as for your frogging adventure, been there, done that, knitted the t-shirt.
    That’s why God invented martinis; it makes it all better.

  11. Oooh – it’s so gorgeous. I love this photo shoot, too. All the greens and your playfulness just look like paradise. Have fun wearing it. You’ll be sure to turn lots of heads.

  12. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!! The color is great on you!!! And, perfect for a PEACOCK shawl! Love all the pictures, too!

  13. It is absolutely beautiful, Lorette!!! And, the color is fabulous with your auburn hair! I am being bit by the lacebug, too. I was in town yesterday with 40% off Jo-Anne’s coupon and I ran in not expecting to find anything to use it on —- they had KNITTED LACE OF ESTONIA by Nancy Bush and I snatched it up. Oh my, the shawls in that book are incredible. Maybe I will knit shawls in the summer and sweaters in the wintertime……

  14. That shawl is absolutely gorgeous. It looks great on you and the colors are perfect. I have found that I also love to knit lace and I am discovering that it has more uses than I thought.

  15. I LOVE this shawl!!! I have the perfect yarn and am poised to make it, whenever I encounter the wherewithal.
    It looks great on you! I am very, very impressed.