Size made: 48" (length); 26" (deep)
Needle used: US 8 (5.0 mm)circular, US 9 (5.5mm) circular
Yarn used: Berroco Inca Gold (2.82 skeins: 344 yards)
Bought yarn from: Phoenix Knit Co., Phoenix, AZ
Use yarn again? I think that this yarn would be very fun to work with again, especially with a unique project. It is kind of an odd yarn. It seems almost metallic to me and has a nice sheen to it. I would love to try it as a color work project or a layering piece like a camisole or shrug of some sort.
Project Details and Feedback
Duration of Project: January 1st to January 14th, 2011
Made for: undecided
Made for: undecided
Modifications: Besides quite a few mistakes (because the written instructions are pretty awful), I decided I did not like the border. I think the original border takes away from the delicate lacy feeling of the body of the shawl. So I decided to change it. I ended up doing 4.5 repeats of the body but the last half repeat was rows 1-8. Then I switched to the larger US 9 needles and knit 3 rows (garter stitch) and bound off very loosely knitwise-to mimic the border already created by the neck.
Make this pattern again? I enjoyed making this pattern but I think that there are a lot of lovely lace shawls out there that would be a lot more fun to make and would have a better result. I do think that this shawl is great for it's particular purpose of stretching a small amount of yarn as far as you can.
Final thoughts/ recommendations: I recommend completely ignoring the written instructions and going solely off of the charts. I felt that there were errors in the written instructions and they weren't well worded at all. I also think that it is important to look at a chart with lace so you can visually see if things are or are not how they are supposed to be.
What I learned/practiced in this pattern: I practiced lace and chart reading. I also tried different techniques of joining yarn.