Besides, though the pattern is really really long due to the V-shape construction, it can be knitted up very fast. I am quite sure I would still be stuck with the knitting of the Wavy Lace Shawl if I hadn't switched ... and not feeling the love!
I'd love to have a picture showing me wearing the shawl, however, those taken were not very good in showing how it looks. Therefore, you have to put up with a model-less outdoor shot:
This is the first shawl I made for myself. The V-shape makes it rest on the shoulders securely. It is much more convenient that wearing a sweater because there are no bulky sleeves ... therefore very good for keeping warm at home while I can knit, read, write, use the computer freely. I can also use it as a lapghan. I also like the way Wendy wore it in the pattern.
Pattern and Modifications: Ella designed by Wendy Wonnacott from Fall 2005 Knitty
This is a very well-written and easy-to-follow pattern. Once you finish with the increasing section 2, the knitting becomes very fast and you'll find that you can finish in no time! Though I printed out all the charts for the 9 sections, I actually just followed the written instructions for the whole knitting process. I think perhaps I should really practice more with knitting from charts.
Yarns: Araucania Nature Wool (100% Wool) Col: 24
The yarn is not luxurious super soft wool, but it softened significantly after washing and it is not itchy. I have a feeling that it would make quite hard-wearing fabrics. One more plus to the yarn ... it is very warm! I don't think I would use it for sweater as I don't really like variegated-coloured sweaters, but for shawls or scarves, this would be an economical but nice choice. I used 3 skeins for Ella and still have 3 remaining. I am looking for ideas to use them up. Maybe a hat.
Measurements, Gauge and Needles: The gauge stated on the label is 18 stitches to 4" using US 5-7. But I haven't swatched to get the gauge (do I really have to?). Here are the measurements of my shawl:
Not quite the same as in the pattern. The needles I used are US8.