This is my first attempt to design a shawl with somewhat semi-circular/crescent shape from scratch. A few years ago I knitted a big shawl/afghan that resembled a sunflower and now I wanted to knit similar lace design. It took me couple attempts to get it right :)
The construction of the shawl is a bit unusual. Upper edge of the shawl is knitted first, then with short rows you move to the center of upper edge and from there you start to work the shawl body down in a half-circle shape. Don’t ask why so, I don’t know :) I just get those weird ideas sometimes and if they work, I use them :)
For casting on I used my new favourite cast-on method – Slipknot Cast-on which makes the most stretchy cast-on edge.
I used Rowan’s Fine Lace – a very soft and nice blend of alpaca and merino (80% Alpaca, 20% Merino; 437yds / 400m, 1.76oz / 50g) in Antique (921). It took a little more than 1 ball to knit the shawl with US 6 / 4mm needles.
Finished measurements of Flower Princess shawl: approx 52½” / 133cm wide and 24” / 61cm long at center.
Although I had this shawl test knitted, I did it myself as well, to double (and triple ;)) check the pattern. For this second (and third :)) sample I used DROPS Lace (70% Alpaca, 30% Silk; 875yds / 800m, 3.53oz / 100g). It took half of one skein to knit the shawl with US 4 / 3.5mm (so you can knit 2 Flower Princesses from one skein).
Finished measurements of Flower Princess shawl knitted in DROPS Lace: approx 45½” / 116cm wide and 20” / 51cm long at center.
Hope you like the shawl as much as I do and enjoy knitting it! :)