Puck’s Tunic Inspired Shawl – WIP

My current project, a shawl for my sister, is inspired by a tunic. She really liked the pattern when we browsed through magazines for potential candidates, and I just have to multiply the pattern by N to make a shawl from a tunic, right? 🙂

Puck’s Tunic is designed by Susanna IC. (Remember my Oshara Shawl from the only MKAL I’ve attempted so far? That’s her, too.) We ran into this project in the Summer 2017 issue of Interweave Knits. While the Oshara Shawl made liberal use of slip stitches for its zigzag patterning, this shawl uses some neat lacework for a zigzag pattern. I’ve inserted patterned columns at various points in the shawl, with stockinette stitch columns separating them.

Puck's Tunic inspired Shawl

Like always, as I love seeing the pattern form, I can’t wait to block the project, even if I’m not even close to done. 🙂 This is one pattern that I haven’t gotten the hang of even after completing almost 5 repeats, and don’t think I ever will. I find this intriguing – it’s easy to see the pattern from the previous row, and it’s evident how the current row should go, but somehow, I can’t figure out the stitches that would make it happen. Maybe it’s some sort of mental block. Does this happen to you too?

I also find it interesting that I want to knit more shawls than sweaters now, and knit more lace patterns than cables. If I’d asked the me from one year ago if I’d ever want to knit lace shawls one after the other, the answer would have been an aghast “No!” Times do change, don’t they? 🙂

15 thoughts on “Puck’s Tunic Inspired Shawl – WIP

  1. Yay for lace knitting! I think lace is so satisfying, you just keep making all the yarn overs and knit 2 together etc., and suddenly you can see how it all makes sense and creates a lovely pattern. Or not, as indeed some patterns are less obvious and it happens to me too, that I can’t quite “figure it out” 😉
    To me, the biggest surprise is not even that I want to knit lace, but that I want to wear it. I never liked lace on me, and I still don’t like store-bought lace, but the one I knit just feels different. Or maybe I just have to wear it to justify buying all that lace yarn?

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    1. Handmade lace is definitely more special, and lasts longer too! I find store-bought lace flimsy and prone to damage sooner. So I guess you have a win with your current knitting and clothing interests aligning. 🙂

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  2. That is going to be really pretty. I look forward to you blocking it as well, I know the lace will open up and look amazing. Will this be a regular triangle shawl or a crescent or rectangular?

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    1. I wouldn’t want to get stuck if I make a mistake either. While I love predictable patterns for this reason, I must admit it feels extra good to fix a mistake in a more complex pattern. (And extra frustrating if I can’t – I’d wonder why I didn’t select a simpler pattern. 😉 )

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  3. Times definitely do change. I never wanted to knit shawls. Now that is all I want to knit. Your tunic to shawl is looking so pretty. The pattern is beautiful. Sometimes I can remember the repeats, but most of the time I just knit what I am told, LOL.

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    1. Yeah Ginny, I was delighted to see your shawls – hope the wingspan shawl is coming along well. 🙂 Knitting what I’m told (by the chart) isn’t as much of a nuisance as I’d thought it’d be, and that keeps the current project pleasant. 🙂

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  4. Beautiful. I think it’s fun how we go through times of enjoying different crafting methods. You certainly have mastered the art of knitting detailed designs. Your heart shows in them.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, E.C.! It certainly is interesting how much we change – as long as it’s for the better (or at least not for the worse), I have no complaints. 😀

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  5. I’ve been knitting some sweaters for the past few years, and all of the sudden I’ve got a desire to work on a shawls lately, and more lace than some squished pattern. Yes, times do change.
    I just love the color of your yearn, it’s beautiful!

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