Pattern: the lovely Shetland Triangle by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Schewe Baby Alpaca (a discontinued yarn that was a gift from my knitting mentor)
Needles: US size 7 - Addi Lace Turbos
This is the first lace shawl I wanted to knit, although it did not end up being my first lace project. It is a great pattern and the lace repeat is very easy. Highly recommended, especially as a beginning lace project.
I’ll admit to some confusion regarding the cast on, but Clark’s book “Designing Lace Triangles” provided some other options that made more sense. (Crocheting with waste yarn and picking up the stitches didn’t work for me; starting with a few 2-stitch rows of garter stitch in waste yarn did.)
It doesn't work to put stitch markers between each repeat of the lace so I quickly learned to read the pattern in the lace to make sure things were lining up.
I wanted a shawl that would be generous, especially on my frame, so I ended up knitting 12 repeats of the lace pattern. The pattern calls for 8 but it is easy to accommodate more repeats if you have enough yarn. Luckily, I did, but I would recommend buying extra yarn if you also want a generous shawl.
I cast this project on on February 8th and bound off on February 20th. It is a fast knit, especially the beginning, and my speed was helped by a few days out of town with not much to do with my hands except knit. The rows towards the end get pretty long - mine reached almost 300 stitches across - but it's worth it!