Swallowtail Shawl

Swallowtail Shawl
I keep meaning to write more about my fiber finds in Catalonia and the Pyrenees but just couldn’t put the Swallowtail Shawl down long enough to get anything done. It was started on the plane trip back and I just finished it last night. Besides the nupps (which I would call knitting speed bumps) it’s a really quick knit.

Last week I meet Evelyn (the designer) at a local knitting group and asked her my burning question about this pattern. Why does it suggest placing a safety pin on the wrong side? She said that when the pin serves as a reminder that the  last two stitches need to be knitted (not purled) to maintain the garter stitch border.

Dressing Swallowtail

Finally, an excellent opportunity to use the dressing wires that I purchased this summer while attending the NWRSA conference.

It was easy to slide the wire into the yarn-over holes on the edges but figuring out how to keep the shawl spread out was a bit tricky. The best solution was to clamp the wires to my bookcase which happens to be the same width.

By the way, I couldn’t resist getting one of those shawl pins made by Romi.

So, now it’s back to finishing those darn buttonholes on Firebirds. I promise.

8 thoughts on “Swallowtail Shawl

  1. Thanks for all the comments.
    I used 3.5mm needles.
    I bough the yarn while on vacation in Paris about three years ago. It’s lace weight alpaca. There was no label and they sold it by weight. I started with 100.gms and used about 96gms. I thought it’s similar to Misty Alpaca but perhaps not since the pattern calls for one ball that is 50gms.


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