French printed Barège shawls (two yards square and named after a village in the Pyrenees) were very popular. It is possible that Miss Lambert’s Barège pattern had come from France but just as likely that she was trying to emulate a current fashion as knitting.1
I’ve been knitting late each evening, working on Miss Lambert’s Spider’s-web shawl in the half hexagon size from Victorian Lace Today.
I added this book to my knitting library after reading Grumperina’s preview. I was sure I’d knit the Myrtle Leaf Shawl as my first lace project from the book, but I couldn’t stop looking at the Barège pattern by Miss Lambert. Shown in three different sizes (full hexagon, half hexagon and fichu) and three different yarns, I couldn’t resist the beauty of this stitch. I tend to overlook things like, say, knitting 117 rows of simple ray shaping to actually get to the pattern. I’ll finish Chart B tonight and should be ready to start knitting the Barège pattern tomorrow evening using size 5.5 mm needles. (The half hexagon pattern requires multiple needles sizes, going up a needle size for each chart.) The yarn is silk merino hand painted lace from Yarnahoy in color Chocolate Cinnamon.
Cross-posted at the Victorian Lace Today kal.
1 Victorian Lace Today, pg. 45
01/10/2007 at 11:14 pm
I added that book as well but for some reason it overwhelms me! I need some downtime to just sit and relax while leafing through it. for now Ill live vicariously through you!
01/10/2007 at 11:41 pm
Beautiful yarn! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
01/11/2007 at 12:58 am
That color is so luscious, you could eat it. Beautiful work!
01/11/2007 at 9:17 am
that is beautiful – the subtle varigation works wonderful with the pattern! can’t wait to see it stretched out a bit!
01/11/2007 at 2:16 pm
love the color!! can’t wait to see it stretched out.
01/11/2007 at 6:21 pm
01/11/2007 at 9:46 pm
Choc-cinnamon sounds good to eat! I don’t have that book yet, so I’ll wait for your progress pics to see what you’re knitting, but everything in that book seems lovely as far as I can tell from the online photos I’ve seen.
01/20/2007 at 4:51 pm
it’s beautiful! I’ve been eyeing that pattern too. I love the colour you’ve chosen. I was leafing through VLT today wondering how browns and muted colours would work for those patterns, so was excited to see your shawl now.