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Knitting symmetries

My knitting needles have been busy again….


This is my Ishbel, the beautiful pattern by Ysolda.
I had never attempted a triangular shawl before and it was also only my second attempt at top-down shawl construction.
I can understand why 12269 people on Ravelry have knit Ishbel – it’s a simple garment, yet totally elegant.
I knit it in Na Dannsairean 4ply – BFL with neps, in a very Arctic blue – from Helen of Ripples Crafts.
I thought I was being very clever & had calculated enough yarn to knit the larger StSt triangle with the shorter lace repeat….
… I did not!

Thankfully Helen had a small quantity of ‘Winter Seas’ left over from a project of her own and I managed to continue the repeats for the large size shawl.

I am absolutely thrilled with it! The wool has a gorgeous lustre and it shows off the vine lace a treat. I often think some beautifully dyed yarns can compete with lace patterns, but not here, not at all.

I love the symmetry of the triangular shawl, it’s really pleasing on the eye as well as it is to knit up. I don’t know why I avoided them before! I foresee more in my knitting future!

Talking of symmetry, I was knitting up some of the odds & ends into squares and I couldn’t help thinking there was something familiar about one. It wasn’t until I passed my desk this morning that I realised what it was.


I often think colours can follow or even lead you. I had a day shopping in Edinburgh last summer and when I emptied the bag I found everything I had bought was blue or purple!


Do you find inspiration comes from unusual places? Or do you often see a symmetry after the fact?

1 Comment

  1. Your Ishbel is beautiful – I’ve knitted several but none quite as ethereal as that…

    I’m trying to persuade my inspiration that it comes from my stash. Oh yes it does…

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