Flower Basket Shawl

I long to knit intricate lacey things, or atleast items more complicated than a little stuffed toy. Sadly, my regular schedule doesn't really permit this, as I don't have enough time to sit and concentrate on a complicated pattern, and I certainly couldn't take it with me and work on it in between appointment. Thankfully, this vacation time has allowed me to finish my Flower Basket Shawl, and I must say I'm very proud of the end product.

The pattern is from Interweave Knits, Fall 2004 issue, but I somehow downloaded it in .pfd form for free. I can't seem to find this file anymore, but if anyone's interested in making their own, I could try to email it to you? Trust me, this shawl was so much fun to make, it's really worth your effort!

So here it is, pre-blocking, rather curly and unimpressive on my bed…

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Oh, and do you see that little thread to the side of it? That is litterally all that's left of the yarn. I was so scared I would run out at the very end, I was having a nervous fit as I bound off! It used exactly 6 skiens of Cotton Classic (With the yarn doubled-over) for a grand total of $36. I know that this may seem pathetic, but that's the most I've ever paid for a single project. As you can see, I usually make really small things from cheapo acrylic, because it doesn't matter if a knit vegetable isn't so soft, for example.

So anyway, I layed it out to block yesterday…

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…And was certainly rewarded for my patience.

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I really love this shawl. Nevermind that I have no clue when it'll get worn, it's exactly what I was hoping for. Beautiful, elegant… and PURPLE. I swear, I was practically seizing when I saw how rich this hue of yarn was at the store. I think it's perfect for this pattern.

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And now I have a reason to use my brand new brooch!

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5 thoughts on “Flower Basket Shawl

  1. Just a word of congratulations. The shawl is beautiful. Also I have been reading and enjoying your blog for a little bit now. Keep up the good work. I don’t know what I enjoy more the crafts or the recipes!

  2. gorgeous! i made this and finished just after christmas. it was fun, yes? i love your color so much more than the one i used, but mine was for a gift and i didn’t get to choose. oh well. for my first lace project, lots of learning opportunities.

    but FYI, the link above says that the pattern is no longer available. you can get the pattern from Fiber Trends (which is how i found it), it’s pattern #S2014. not free, but at least available! :)

  3. Hi..just found your page…your shawl is beautiful…I was searching for this pattern.. could you possibly email the the pdf for it …I can’t seem to find it… and don’t want to start going through piles of saved magazines! I would appreciate it greatly. Thanks!

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