She Knits: Soli Deo Gloria Shawl

This is a beaded shawl I knit for my sister-in-law’s birthday. I believe she is the sort of person to wear something like this. Also, she is likely familiar with blocking, or at least, it won’t be completely foreign to her. I hope she enjoys this because I certainly had fun knitting it!

Progression Info
Started – January 11
Completed – April 11
Duration – 90 days = 12.9 weeks

This SIL has a birthday in July, but counting potential mailing time, I gave myself an end-of-June deadline. I expected this would take many months, so started it right away when the yarn came in the mail.

I think I could have knit it in a month, if I did not have children. 🙂 I couldn’t knit much on it when they were around because it is a more complicated lace design that I could not easily put aside and pick back up in the middle of a row. So I mostly knit on it during nap times and after their bedtime. But even still, I finished it surprisingly fast. Some say I am a fast knitter, and after this project, I finally started to believe them!

Pattern Info
Soli Deo Gloria Lace Shawl by Anna Victoria
Ravelry

This is a wonderful shawl design. I found it difficult in that I could not see a rhyme or reason to the lace. Each right side row required my full attention. I made several mistakes in the beginning (trying to knit it with kids around), which were difficult to correct.

The entire shawl is designed to be beaded. I didn’t want to bead the whole thing, though, so I only used beads on the last 2 charts (near the bottom edge). I ended up using roughly 30 grams of Miyuki 6/0 seed beads. I used crystal beads that are lined with pewter inside. I love how they look against the red yarn. I put them on with a small steel crochet hook. It was tedious, but enjoyable to me.

The knitting actually became easier at the point I started beading because the beads made it really easy to “read” my knitting. I made fewer mistakes at that point, so I don’t think the beading slowed me down at all.

Yarn Info
Cascade Yarns 220 Fingering
100% wool
Colorway: burgundy
2 skeins = 546.8 yds used

I used about every inch of this yarn; only a  tiny ball left. I like it — it is comparable, in my opinion, to the Knit Picks Palette I frequently use. It is a light fingering weight, which is thicker than I have ever used for lace shawls (I have only used lace weight).

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