I'm officially done with the Shoalwater Shawl.
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While I really liked the way it looked and draped before, blocking it turned it into a completley different finished project. I absolutely love it.
Pattern: Shoalwater Shawl by Fiber Trends
Yarn: Joslyn's Fiber Farm Angel Hair yarn in the "Plumes" colorway
Problems with the pattern: didn't find any
Changes to the pattern: I added an extra repeat (the pattern called for 4.5 repeats for the laceweight version, but I did 5.5) and I used beads instead of doing the picot cast off edge. I also didn't bother with the attached I cord across the top.
Overall Impressissions: Love it! I'm not much of a lace knitter, but the Old Shale pattern was very simple to do, the long colors in the yarn (and the softness) made it a perfect choice. I am glad I added the extra repeat, there's no issue as how I wear it. There's plenty of room to scrunch it around my neck and it hits me wrist length. The bottom point hits lower than my butt (so it doesn't "point" to it"). The beads add a great drape and just a hint of "sparkle".
So while it was very time consuming, the pattern was so simple to do and it was worth it.
So here's some hints if you decide to knit this. First, choose a yarn with long color repeats to show the waves of the old shale pattern. Use a coiless saftey pin to mark the center stitch... if you use a stitch marker, just be sure that the yarn overs don't shift on the wrong side of the marker. I used the saftey pin with a stitch marker hanging off it to also mark the right side. Make it bigger than you think. The problem with straight across the top shawls is that you must drape it with extra fabric at the neck to bring it around the body.