Pattern: Skywalker shawl
Designer: Laura Nelkin
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk in Blood Orange
Needles: 3.75mm circular
Let me tell you what's good about this pattern: Despite the awesome name and stitch pattern names (ex: Plasma stitch, Planet stitch, Nova edging, etc) this pattern is a very satisfying effort to lace making. The modern look to the finished shawl wipes away any preconceived ideas of what lace can or can't do to an outfit. I personally cast on this shawl because of the stand out scalloped edging. (I seem to have a thing for awesome edging!) As a lot of patterns out there resort to plain old garter stitch and chain cast off, this one will leave you fist pumping for sure. Each section brings in new skills, building on the last. Lifelines are a must! The unique edging took my mind for a ride as I worked each individual scallop and slowly bound off the 454 stitches until I was left with 1! The pattern is complete with charts, abbreviations and pictures.
Extra bits you should know before casting on: Although I always encourage my students to try new things, lace is not really a great place to start for beginners. It requires attention to stitch work and pattern detail. It can be discouraging for a beginner who is ready to make beautiful things. Practice with other projects before you cast on this shawl. On a happier note, you can sign up to a video tutorial and ask Laura questions as you go along. (Or you could. At the time of writing I am unable to find the link and will research....)