Spinning a Yarn-“Take The Pain Out Of Counterpane” Shawl

Here is the shawl laid flat. Thee counterpane squares 
are sewn together. The lace is knitted separately 
(a great small take
it with you project) and then crocheted 

or sewn to the shawl.
I finally finished my “Take The Pain Out Of Counterpane” shawl using lace weight 2 ply yarn that I handspun. This is a project that evolved from my class, which I developed and teach mentioned above. 

Unfortunately, I didn’t keep records on the yarn. I think it is Merino, Mohair, and silk. I’m glad I had enough because it would have been a problem to reproduce it. This is why is is always smart to keep records, even if you think you will never need any more of what you are making. This has to be one of the few times that I didn’t take down very specific notes on a yarn. And hopefully, it will be the last time. I think I learned my lesson. I was getting very worried at the end of this knitting project because it looked like I was not going to have enough yarn to finish with. 
For anyone not familiar with this class, here is my class description”.
“Explore a historical (Counterpane can be found as far back as the 15thcentury) technique with new twists. I have created a system that combines classic Counterpane patterns to make very modern designs.  After this class, students will be able to combine patterns learned to create hats, scarfs, shawls and more. Students will also learn or review knitting simple lace patterns.  The Counterpane squares will be knitted on double-point needles and lace on straight needles. Participants will leave with a booklet of the patterns covered in the class to further their experimentation to create their own original designs. “

The front as it naturally lies. I don’t know why, 
but the edges just naturally overlap 
(tad good thing).
I can also see a cool pin down there


The back of a counterpane garment is always
the more dramatic, I think


The side sits short right at the arm. 
This is great. It helps the shawl to 
stay in place and does not 
interfere with activities. 
A close up of the single crochet that I used to
connect the square panels.
A close up of the lace edging. this is
a 9 stitch-6 row pattern and very
easy to memorize.


Just for the fun of it, I added some Angora around the neckline for some
extra softness.


And of course, there are always more then one
way to wear this
I did consider color.
However, after dying
these three
steps of blue violet,
I decided that I just wanted white.
But, I now have some beautiful
Periwinkle yarn!

This is my second larger project. The first was “The Beast”, a jacket, which can be found HERE.

As usual, if will be a while before I have anything else for this blog. I am working on a pair of socks, a “Change Of Row”(another technique that I developed) lap blanket and want to finish another counterpane project that I started about four years ago.
Take Care and stay creative,

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