Faerie Ring was so named because of the circular lace pattern in the edging - it reminded me of the toadstool rings in the picture books I loved to read as a little kid.
- What was the inspiration for your submitted pattern?
My mom found a few shawl patterns online that she loved, but she always had an issue with one or the other - she didn't like the way one was worked up, the price of the pattern of another, the edgings, etc - and so she asked me to design a shawl for her. I used the opportunity to finally graph a lace edging I loved from an old photograph, and set up the plain, semi-circular shawl body to compliment it.
2. Was the design process smooth or did you run into any struggles?
The knitting itself was simple and fun - it was the actual pattern-writing that got me later on. Because I didn't take precise notes as I went along, I had to go over the process of knitting it in my head and examine the shawl itself before I could write anything down. The set-up row gave me a little trouble (after I'd uploaded the pattern, a kind friend suggested an easier way to begin the shawl), but after that hiccup the rest was easy.
3. What was the most valuable lesson you learned along the way?
To never be too prideful to ask for help. Even the most careful designer can let a few typos and glitches slip through the net, and I found another pair of eyes was invaluable. I'll never go without a test knitter again.
4. What materials are required to complete this pattern?
- Fingering weight yarn in two colors - 300 - 350 yds of main color (body), and 100 - 150 yds of contrast color (edging)
- Size 8, 24" circular needle
- Pins for blocking
Get the Faerie Ring Shawl free pattern at Ravelry.