I gave this shawl to my Aunt Sally, when I visited her in Michigan in September 2006.

Here we are starting the border.

I almost always block on my favorite green gingham, which helps ensure that everything's lined up properly. Also, I almost always block on the floor, where there's carpeting. Which means that I can only block when I'm lucky enough to house-sit for a friend. I only have hardwood floors at my place.

This is the corner, up close and personal, blocked on the green gingham.

The lace really shines against the black background. But, it emphasizes the simple center rosebud pattern. Next time I'll use a pattern that's a little more complex.

This is the corner, after grafting with the kitchener st. The grafting of lace is always an issue, it seems. I think, though, the biggest thing to keep in mind is that the corners match up, that you've done full pattern repeats.

Knitting specs:

Large rectangular off-white lace shawl, knit with 100% pure alpaca laceweight. Knit on 3.0mm Brittany birch straights. I really like the 10-inch lengths.

My own design, thanks to Sharon Miller. Do you know her great Heirloom Knitting book? To make this shawl, I first made a large rectangle of the rosebud lace pattern from Sharon's book. Then, I picked up sts along the edge and knit the lace border to the Karis cape, also by Sharon.

This is stockinette lace, not garter lace. I am not a big fan of the garter lace.

The finished piece, after aggressive blocking, is a little more than 2 feet by 6 feet.

It seems to me that a rectangular shawl is much more useful and wearable than a triangular shawl. Not that I ever wear either, of course.

Yes, that's my Aunt Sally, but in 1968. She must be sixteen in this photo!

I hope Aunt Sally likes this lace shawl. But more importantly, I really hope she uses it. I hope she doesn't keep it safely in a drawer like I would.

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