Modelled by J. Ginsler
Finally. I have to say that this project has been an all-consuming labour of love. Just ask my husband. We were on vacation for most of the pattern writing, and he didn't see very much of me. Fortunately he is good natured, and very encouraging. Three cheers for my DH.
So. To business. Here is my HRH Kate's Shawl. Designed to honour the beautiful shawl worn by Her Royal Highness, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge who wore a gorgeous machine-knit green ruffled shawl shortly after her wedding. She caused a huge stir in the knitting community. We were all rushing to try and come up with designs to reflect just how we SAW it. Thing is, every photo I looked at seemed to have a different stitch. I know that isn't possible, but I started to think that it would be unique to write a pattern showcasing a number of stitches. The thought of many yarn bases came later, as requests started to pour in to our group site Kate's Shawl and All. Things like: "I can never find anything in a lace weight." or "I know that worsted won't even be thought about". I'm paraphrasing, but you get the idea. When I put out a call for test knitters, and they each came back with a different yarn they wanted to work with (5 testers, 5 bases) and that clinched it.
The pattern is worked up in 2 ply lace, sock, fingering, light sport and worsted weights. OMG. In addition to that, I knew that I wouldn't be able to knit the shawl, and write the pattern in a timely manner, so I designed a 'Katelet' (shoulder shawl) version which is actually an extra small size. This worked well, as the other testers were working small, medium and large sizes.
There was also talk about the ruffle. I designed a mock rib stitch ruffle for the purists who saw that in Kate's version and used that for my Katelet. But I knew that others would want a plain ruffle with a bit more flounce. Hence the stocking stitch version of the ruffle as well.
All this as well as the work having to do with the Kate's Shawl and All, has kept me very busy. I expect I'll get quite depressed now with so much time on my hands.
Hmmm..... what to do next. Anybody see a baby bump yet????
Pattern & images © 2011 Esther Budd. This pattern is for personal use only and may not be used for commercial purposes without written permission.