Thursday, June 24, 2010

FO: Peacock shawl


Finally! This one took a while, mainly because of all the beading. The pattern is Snow Peacock by Tonks, which is pretty much the same thing as Panache by Lankakomero. It is essentially a big doily based on feather-and-fan lace principles. Here it is pre-block--look at how the decreases mushed together for the feather-and-fan-iness makes lots of lumpy bumpies.

Cammy was most helpful during the blocking process. With her assistance, the shawl grew from 16" radius to 19" radius.

I made a whole bunch of mods, including making 12 rather than 16 sections, making symmetric decreases (ie an ssk opposite each k2tog), changing some of the rows for symmetry, and oh yeah, adding beads. I ended up charting out the whole thing on the computer like a big dork, and still made mods after that! Details about the yarn, needles, etc are on the Ravelry project page.

There are three bead colorways, an opalescent green to pick up the green in the yarn, a bright blue, and some yellow. I tried to make it sort of a stylized but not exactly like a peacock feather. Here is one "feather."

I like how the beading turned out from a knitting standpoint, but I'm not quite sure whether the whole shawl is something that suits me... This may end up being an extravagant give-away!

PS: just cause she's so cute!

10 comments:

Cindy said...

That is one incredibly gorgeous shawl! And, one absolutely adorable kitty;-D

VeganCraftastic said...

Your knits are always so gorgeous!

Julie said...

wow, that shawl is stunning!! and the beads are lovely. I can see what you mean about wondering if you'll wear it- it's so extravagant!! I love how cats naturally gravitate towards anything that is being wet blocked- little cheeky things!

soknitpicky said...

It's lovely. Strut proudly!!

Anonymous said...

The shawl really is exquisite. Worn with a little black cocktail dress & heels this will be a striking & unforgettable accessory. The subtle shimmer of the beads & soft repetitions of the lace patterns = perfection.

Silvana

Karen said...

Really nice. And love the "help" you had in blocking too. =^..^=

Sereknitty said...

Wow, that's really stunning! Such a beautiful pattern and rich colour.

mooncalf said...

oh that is beautiful! The beads are a genius touch.

Amy said...

What is it about cats and blocking knits! :-) The shawl is amazing, I love the shape. Good kitty!

tina said...

You might not feel like that gorgeous shawl is entirely "you", but it is a shawl, not a garment, and completely delicious--- I bet it tickles your fancy. Get it? Tickles your peacock feathered fancy???? HAR, I crack myself up---- must be the utter exhaustion on this end of the screen! ;)