I've finally got my Wild Ivy Shawl pattern up for sale on Ravelry! The details: this is a top down "panel" shawl with both chart & written directions AND directions for both fingering & lace weight versions. The pattern available for $5.00 as a pdf download. Use coupon code "WILDIVY" to receive 20% off the pattern from now until Dec 7th, 2011!
I've really really really loved designing this shawl. After I finished my first shawl design, Chincoteague Shawl, I became obsessed with these "leaf" stitch motifs. I couldn't find one in any of my stitch books that was what I envisioned in my head, so I set about trying to chart out my own leaf design. It turns out that it is somewhat difficult to chart exactly what you want or at least it was for me. I didn't give up right away, but I soon became frustrated and decided that I should give it a rest for a bit. I'm glad that I did take a break from it because it gave me the chance to design En Fuego Shawl as well as knit some other shawls.
Then one day I'm flipping through stitch pattern books and come across a lace panel motif that is almost exactly what I had in mind for leaves. I was smitten. After a couple of false starts, I was able to adapt the stitch pattern to fit how I wanted to look in a shawl. Then I set about figuring out how to set up the cast-on for a shawl with a panel section which took a little trial and error. Once I had the cast-on figured out the rest was fairly straight forward (especially compared to my start).
The shawl was initially written for fingering weight yarn but after being asked if a larger version/option would be available, I decided to knit a larger version using lace weight yarn. I'm glad that I decided to add this option because I think it gives the knitter more options. I'm really happy with how it turned out :o)