The Daily Purl

taking flight


Pattern: Icarus Shawl by Miriam Felton, Interweave Knits Summer 2006
Yarn: Sundara Yarn hand-dyed silk lace, color 012
Needles: 3.25mm Addi circular needle
Gauge: 21 sts and 38 rows equals 4 inches
Finished Size: 72 inches wide, 36 inches from center top edge to bottom point, after blocking
Started: 5.8.06
Completed: 7.26.06
I am usually eager to give my knits away, but this one will be hard to let go. It’s off to my sister who I know will appreciate it, especially because of its color. Red is her favorite and I think this yarn is the perfect shade. Vibrant. Bold. Rich. The pattern has a simple elegance that I think suits her style. There are mistakes – a few lace patterns on the left side that don’t line up and look like they are taking flight. Knits and purls with minds of their own – or at least that’s what I tell myself when I make mistakes knitting lace.

22 thoughts on “taking flight

  1. oh my goodness. that is so beautiful. the color is absolutely perfect for that shawl. i’d have a hard time giving it up too…what a wonderful sister!

  2. Lovely!! Does the silk have any mohair in it, or is it pure silk? I want to knit a wedding stole for my sister and I’m thinking pure silk would be nice, but does a stole need a little of the mohair halo? Decisions, decisions!

  3. she turned out wonderful! definitely hurts to think you gave it away, but I bet you can borrow it from your sis…or maybe not ; )
    she’s sure to love it

  4. Oh Brooke, this is GORGEOUS. You did an amazing job and your photos are so lovely. Now I want to knit this shawl out of this yarn!

  5. Beautiful, and what a great color choice!
    How was the yarn over all? I just got a big beautiful hank of it myself for something special. Did you have much left over?
    Great work!

  6. Oh Brooke, that is gorgeous!

  7. This shawl is stunning! And the shade is exactly how you described it, now I think I need to rethink about my yarn choice. The pale blue I have in mind now sounds so washed-out.

  8. your shawl is stunning! i love the colour *and the pattern! i must add this one to my list of future knits. x

  9. The shawl is gorgeous, simply stunning. How can you bear to part with it, I don’t know…

  10. This red silky yarn is perfect for this beautiful shawl. It’s a fabulous present for your sister.

  11. It is just beautiful. The colour is fabulous. I really keep eyeing this pattern…I wonder if the main part of the shawl keeps your interest while knitting…it does look beautiful, but the edging is the kicker!

  12. Wow! That is truly stunning.

  13. That’s just beautiful. The colour is wonderful!

  14. wow, gorgeous!! now i want to make this, too. it looks much bigger than the photo on IK.

  15. I’ve been admiring this shawl for awhile and yours is one of the nicest I’ve seen. I’d never be able to give it away. Beautiful work!

  16. So beautiful! The yarn, the shawl, the knitting . . . all of it.

  17. You must really love your sister. 🙂 I hope she’s just as good to you as you are to her.

  18. That is SO beautiful!

  19. …wow… There’s no way I could give that away. Lucky sister!

  20. This is a little late, but that is what happens when following links. I was not inspired to knit this shawl until seeing yours completed. Excellent choices of yarn and colour.

  21. Lovely shawl. I found you by googling the Sundara yarn b/c I am about to knit a shawl out of it — in the exact same colour you used. It’s wonderful to see it all knit up. Absolutely gorgeous! (I did Icarus, too, but I knit mine in Kidsilk Haze.)

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