Queen Silvia Shawl

I knitted this shawl for my mother to match her Lily of the Valley Socks--lily of the valley being one of her favorite flowers. Minor changes to Nancy Bush's pattern instructions sped the knitting and a few additional quality control tips prevented errors.

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Construction Tips
I used a different method for the provisional cast on and replaced the left slanting decrease: sl 1, k2tog, psso with a ssk, which looks neater and knits up faster. I also modified the corners of the border.

The pattern recommends 2 stitch markers for separating the garter stitch borders from the central lily lace pattern. I found it helpful to use additional stitch markers for separating the individual lily repeat patterns as well as the initial cast on.

Although I generally prefer to use circular needles, this is one example where straight needles speed the knitting of the main body, due to the the 5 loop bobbles (called nupps). With straight needles the loop sizes are maintained--with a circular needle they collapse while resting on the cables which makes knitting the nupps more tedious. So I used straight needles for the main body and 2 circular needles for the border lace.

Click here to read the article: Tips for Knitting a 5 stitch Nupp with Lace Weight Yarn.

When I picked up the border stitches I used stitch markers for counting since a total of 776 stitches are picked up. The pattern recommends placing a marker at each corner, but I preferred isolating each corner stitch with a marker before and after it.
I used 2 circular needles for the border, a 24" circular needle holding 130 stitches on the starting side and a 60" one for the other 3 sides of the shawl. This made it easy to recognize the start of the next round as well as the developing pattern and aided quality control.

Yarn
Knit Picks, Bare, 100% Merino Wool, lace weight (130 grams or 4-5/8 oz)

Dimensions
24" wide by 48" long for 21 repeats (20 regular, one final) of the lace pattern.

Pattern Source
Nancy Bush, Knitted Laces of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns and Traditions, Interweave Press LLC, (c) 2008, pp. 40-45

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