There are lots of full-sized pictures of this design floating around the web that do it better justices than my pictures do.
I got it finished up and dressed out yesterday. Actually, I’d finished the knitting last weekend and was about to do the crochet cast-off, but I looked at the decrease shapings in the last 24 rows and didn’t like them. Dumb, dumb, dumb mistake on my part, because I wasn’t paying attention and just kept on knitting. So I ripped out the rows – and those of you who’ve worked this will understand what that means in terms of lost work - and reworked them. Much better.
The "Hyrna Herbogar" is probably the most knitted shawl from the book Three Cornered and Long Shawls and understandably so. It’s small, has modest yarn requirements, and it’s very dramatic. It’s also not difficult to work, provided you count, pay attention, and use a few markers in locations so you remember what you need to do and where you need to do it. (That's true of all lace.)
Lace designers would benefit from working it, to see how the transitions between pattern motifs are organically achieved using multiple increases, twisted stitches (knit in back of stitch), and careful planning in stitch counts. Very good.
The pattern calls for the commercially spun Icelandic singles yarns called éingirni. I bet the shawl would also look great worked in Rowan KidSilkHaze.
I made one small (intentional) change. The pattern is started at centre back of neck with 7 stitches cast on, and worked down. When you are finishing the shawl, you fold the cast-on edge and sew the 2 ends together. I replaced that with a short provisional cast-on; the arrow points to the cast-on. Not bad; were I to do it again, I’d use a smaller needle for the manoeuvre.
A few other pictures.
Pattern: “Hyrna Herborgar” from page 73 of Three Cornered and Long Shawls by Sigridur Halldórsdóttir. (Scroll down the page.)
Yarn: 90% / 10% Icelandic wool / silk from Barb at Wild Geese Fibres. She had 2 skeins remaining from that run of yarn and I took both. There were 300 yards per skein; neither Barb nor I remember the weight of the skeins. I’ve weighed the shawl and the remaining yarn; it comes in at 137 grams, reinforcing my vague memory that the skeins might have been 70 grams. The shawl weighs 105 grams. (Yarn gains and loses weight depending on humidity anyway.) Assuming 300 yards per 70 grams, the shawl has 450 yards in it.
In Other News
I am confirmed to be doing a short presentation on blogging at Hicktech, on May 1st. My talk will be about blogging basics: the really simple stuff. It'll be very much an "around the world in 10 days" tour, presenting an overview of why people blog, how to get started, and so on. Hicktech, by the way, should be really interesting all around. There are several workshops that I'm wanting to attend myself.
Have a good week, everyone.