Liz Corke Knit Design

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February 27, 2013

Dayflower pattern

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I’m so happy to be ready to show you my latest shawl! My original inspiration for the shawl was to have a leafy/vine motif climbing from the bottom edge up the spine of the shawl to the the centre of the neck. It didn’t take me long to find a lace pattern that I thought would be perfect, although there was a small problem that would need some work. The pattern I chose was Dayflower (aka Bellflower) lace. I swatched two repeats of it (I’m keeping the Dayflower adaptedphotos small because there’s going to be a lot of them! Just click to enlarge). The problem I had was that what I really wanted was the section in the middle – basically half of each of the repeats I swatched. I was really happy with how this turned out. It gave me exactly the look I was going for – nice and leafy/flowery.

 

My next step was to choose my shaping method. I’m not a fan of top down triangular shawls – I feel like to get the top edge long enough to wrap around nicely it has to be huge, so I decided to go for a semi-circular/crescent shaped shawl. There’s a few different ways to increase for a semi-circular
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shawl. I ended up going with the one in the middle – two increases on each side on every right side row. I really love the way the shape turned out!

It was around this time I realised that my plan for a central Lace in stockinettespine with extra vines climbing up each side wasn’t going to work like this. The centre wasn’t mirrored so I had two choices – offset the lace in the centre so that the flowers were in the same place, or skip the central spine and have two mirrored vines. I was concerned that playing with the lace for the central spine might distort things, so I decided to cut it and just go for one on each side. I then had to work out how I was going to get the lace into my stockinette body. I liked the solution I’d come up with, although in the final I gave it a little tweak to make the transition a little smoother.

Border TestThe border was my last challenge, I really wasn’t sure how I was going to work that out, so I swatched some more! I had to work out what size of gap to leave between the vines and how to make the vines and border merge together nicely. There was also the problem of making the two sides meet nicely in the centre of the shawl. Swatch helped me work out most of the kinks but some took a bit longer to work out.

I reversed my swatch of the centre on my final shawl and was much happier with the result. The point where the border of my shawl and the top of the shawl met gave me the most problems. I had a solution for the large shawl, but I perfected it on the small version and then went back and worked those changes into the larger one. I’m really happy with how it turned out!
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Comments
  1. All those little teaser pictures look lovely! What a lot of time and care you’ve taken with the design and testing! Sometimes we just don’t appreciate hardworking designers enough!

  2. Corrie says:

    It’s absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to see the finished product <3

  3. Jazz says:

    Love the photos and the tone of green.

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