I love knitting shawls! This time I was in the mood for something subtle but beautiful to wear during spring and summer dinners on the terrace of a favorite restaurant.
Ripplerock, by Allison LoCicero, fits the bill perfectly. I chose a soft, sage color that will go with lots of my spring and summer outfits. The beautiful lace border adds a slightly dressy look for dining out.
It starts by creating a crescent shaped body from the top down. Then a wide lace border is added. I used Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport, one of my favorites.
I worked the body of the shawl in a double moss stitch rather than the one called for in the pattern. It seemed small, so continued knitting the crescent until it was the bigger size that I wanted. I could have instead gone up a needle size, I suppose, but I liked the way the border looked on my US #5’s; if I’d gone up a size some of the definition might have been lost. Thank goodness I had purchased a couple of extra skeins, so I didn’t worry about running out of yarn. The bigger crescent meant I worked 22 border repeats rather than the 18 called for in the pattern. As it is, I’m glad I made the changes, since I ended up with almost the called for size, mine coming in at about 68″ wide by about 24″ deep.
I used lifelines throughout the making of this shawl, and left them in place as I went so I could use them as guidelines for blocking.
For more details and photos, you can check out the previous post, Using Lifelines in Blocking.