I have knit a few shawls, but all of them had been previously gifted. Not this one - the first shawl that I knit just for me:
Pattern: A Curved Shawl with Diamond Edging, in Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby.
Yarn: Tess' Silk & Ivory. I used about 120 grams of the 150 gram hank, leaving about 150 yards left over.
Needles: Addi Turbos Circs US7s and Clover DPNs US8s. I diverted from the needle size called for in the pattern since I increased the weight of yarn used. The US7s were used for the main body, the US8s for the border.
Alterations: Because I changed the yarn and needle size I decided to shoot for a finished shawl that was approximately the same dimensions as that in the pattern. Lucky for me it meant knitting less repeats of the first chart and having less repeats to complete for the border chart.
Impressions: Initially I was extremely frustrated by my original choice in the yarn and needles I decided to use for this pattern. After deciding to make the change in yarn this pattern was a pleasure to knit. One of my favorite details is the picot bind off, and see many applications for it.
The pattern's finished shawl dimensions are 21" deep by 62" wide. My shawl finished at 22" deep by 65" wide. I couldn't be happier. The best part is I get to keep it!
Here's one last shot of it lounging out on the grass: