Ocean Depths Laminaria

Here is my finished Laminaria shawl!

Finished Shawl

Pattern: Laminaria by Elizabeth Freeman
Yarn: Claudia Handpainted Silk Lace in color Ocean Depth (100% silk)
Needles: from US2.5 to 4
Started:  April 14, 2010 (it ended up hibernating for quite a while)
Finished:  February 12, 2011
Finished Dimensions: 62 inches wide by 34 inches high.
Modifications:
1.  I did 4 star chart repeats, and reversed the direction of the star stitch to mirror the texture on either side of the spine.
2. I did 9 blossom repeats.
3. I transitioned from a US2.5 needle at the star chart, to a US 3 and then to a US 4 needle by the second or third blossom chart repeat – the lace didn’t seem as airy as I was looking for with the smaller needle, even though the yarn is very thin.  I’m very happy I went up on the needle size, because it made the final shawl very light and open.
4. I added an eyelet to row 5 of Edging Chart 1, to avoid the ‘alien face’ appearance in that edging section. (If you view some other projects on Ravelry you’ll see what I mean! One knitter even named her shawl ‘Le Cri’ because it reminded her of Edvard Munch’s painting!)
5. I added pale blue silver lined beads to the edging charts – wherever motifs were coming to a point, and in a few other places as well.

Beads!

I’m ever amazed at the miracle of lace blocking – you take this lump of undefined knitting and transform it into a thing of beauty.  It always delights me –  I think that’s one of the main reasons I love knitting lace shawls so much.

Here it is before blocking:

Before blocking. 38 by 20 inches.

And here it is blocking:

Blocking. 62 by 34 inches.

I didn’t force the blocking too much, since silk is pretty fragile when wet.  But because I had gone up needle sizes, and worked double yarnovers in the second half of the shawl, I was able to really open up the lace without stressing the yarn too much.

I’m very, very happy with it!  I think it will look fantastic with my black gown, too.

This is pretty close to actual color - the colors are very vivid!

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About knitsbyheather

I'm a TKGA certified Master Knitter. I'm a knitwear designer and a knitting instructor. I'm also a stay at home and homeschooling mom of two wonderful boys. They sure keep me on my toes! When I'm not teaching or chasing around the boys, I'm knitting, designing, or reading!!
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4 Responses to Ocean Depths Laminaria

  1. Brandon Thomas says:

    AH-MAZING!!!!

  2. Claudia says:

    That is absolutely gorgeous! I hope that someday I will be accomplished enough to do something like that! I love the beads. I have the instructions on how to embroider with beads and hope to do something that way soon. I love your work. Keep it up!

    • Thank you so much, Aunt Claudia. I’m sure you’d be able to knit lace – it isn’t too hard – and there are some excellent beginning lace patterns out there to get your feet wet with.

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