This shawl is my biggest knitting accomplishment to date. I’m frankly not certain I’ll ever top it. Even if I do another beautiful, complex, and well-knit lace shawl, I’ve already done them before. It’s nothing new. Certainly, each piece is beautiful and unique in and of itself, but this is the piece I did first.
I learned a lot of new skills working on this shawl. I’d never undertaken such a large lace project before, or such a complicated one. When broken down stitch by stitch, it wasn’t too hard – some stitches were easy, and some stitches were difficult, but only worrying about one stitch at a time made it simpler. Every time I stepped back and looked at the whole, it was very daunting though. To me it felt like running a marathon (not that I’ve ever run one) by only focusing on the next step you take. It’s much easier to contemplate one more step than thousands more. One more yard as opposed to 25 more miles.
Now for some stats:
Evenstar is a little over 5 feet in diameter, which means it’s roughly as wide as I am tall.
I knit about 100,000 stitches on this shawl.
Despite knitting so many stitches, there are only 13 different types of stitches, and all of those are based on only two main stitches – knit and purl.
Of those, only 3 stitches were completely new to me.
I used 1300 yards of lace-weight yarn to make this shawl.
That was 20 yards less than 3 full balls of the yarn I chose.
I could have added 5000 beads to this shawl, but thought the weight would be too much. In my mind shawls should be light and airy.
There are 3 mistakes in it, but if you can’t see them I’m not about to point them out.
I think 3 mistakes out of 100,000 stitches is pretty darn good.
I started it on August 13th and finished on February 13th. It took me exactly 6 months from start to finish.
I only actually knit on it for 4.5 weeks out of those 6 months. I know this because I kept detailed notes.
I learned that lace is much harder to knit when you use dark yarn!
I really couldn’t be happier with the way this shawl ended up looking. I think it’s absolutely beautiful and as close to perfect as I could hope for.