This weekend, I spent time going through my lace knitting books and searching the web and Ravelry for a lace shawl pattern. I knew that I wanted to knit a rectangular shawl for my mother. Since my mother wanted a scarf that was at least six feet long, I didn’t want to deal with knitting on a lace border.
While I am enjoying knitting my third Ribbon Scarf variation, I wanted something different. Since Nancy Bush’s Lace Knitting of Estonia book is relatively new and has very few projects on Ravelry, I decided to try one of the patterns. The Triinu Scarf met my needs. The scarf is unusual since the center portion is knit from the bottom up. Then one lace edging is knit and the second lace edging is picked up from a provisional cast on. This pattern overcame my concerns about picking up a lace border (which could be time consuming) and grafting an edging on (which a number of the Estonian lace patterns require.)
The Triinu Scarf calls for fingering weight yarn. For this project, I had selected some Grignasco Top Print which consists of 100% alpaca in a pink/purple ombre from my stash that I had bought at a Smiley’s sale in 2006 in New York City. I have ten balls or 1,100 yards. The yarn knits into a more subtle blending of pink and purples that would appear from the balls of yarn. The alpaca is more of a sport weight so that I needed to test several size needles until I liked the way that the pattern came out. I am using size 9 needles which surprises me since, as a loose knitter, I often use two sizes smaller needles.
Since the pattern is for a scarf that measures 11” by 63” which is too narrow and short for my mother, I added another pattern repeat. Unblocked, the shawl measures about 21” which will be good for my mother who can fold it in half if she just wants a scarf width.
Having finished the first repeat of the pattern, my initial sense is that this is a relatively easy pattern. I am glad that I had already had some practice with nupps on the Lily of the Valley Shawl (which is still in hibernation). For those of you who are nervous about nupps, this pattern is a good starting point since there are only three per pattern repeat and the rest of the lace is relatively initiative.