FO: Echo Flower Shawl

When I first spotted the skein of Habu XS-45 Bamboo in Charcoal at my LYS, an image of a very lacy scarf with a fancy border danced through my head. Patterns like Swallowtail, Laminaria, Bitterroot, or Haruni were some that came immediately to mind. I spent a lot of time looking through shawls and scarves on Ravelry, trying to figure out what would work with one skein of the Habu, and would make the image in my head come to life.

I finally decided on the Echo Flower Shawl. In hindsight, using bamboo yarn for a pattern that contains nupps was not a bright idea. Since the yarn has absolutely no give, it was really difficult to knit the loops. But the work was worth it, as it turned out just as I had imagined.

Echo Flower Shawl

At 46″ across the top (23″ down the spine), I consider this a large scarf rather than a shawl. Bit it’s a great size to just wrap around the neck and shoulders, and just what I had in mind.

Echo Flower Shawl

Pattern: Echo Flower Shawl
Yarn: Habu XS-45 Bamboo, Charcoal, 1 skein
Needles: US 4/3.5mm
Modifications: None. Worked 7-loop nupps, and 11 repeats of the flower chart. I had enough yarn to do 12 repeats for sure, and possibly 13. Even though I knew I should have enough for 12, I decided to err on the side of caution, and I’m glad I did, because I really like the size as it is.

Ravelry Project page (public): here

It’s an easy pattern to modify for size, as you can add as many repeats of the body as you want, without having to worry about the border. Most people on Ravelry found that the border took about 40% of their total yarn used, so I made sure to stop before I got to that point. I calculated my yarn usage along the way, and sure enough, I used 60% of the yarn for the body, and 40% for the border.

Echo Flower Shawl

Other than the physical act of working the nupps, it’s not a difficult lace pattern. Maybe some day I’ll do a larger one, and do beads instead of nupps.

By the way, this yarn does not stretch. Blocking smooths it out and opens it up a little, but it doesn’t really grow in size. The yardage is quite generous (575 yards – I used about 500 yards for this shawl), so you can make a pretty good-sized shawl, especially if it doesn’t contain nupps – those really eat up the yarn.

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14 Responses to FO: Echo Flower Shawl

  1. Carrie K says:

    Gorgeous! It makes sense bamboo doesn’t stretch, in retrospect.

  2. margene says:

    It’s simply elegant and exquisite.

  3. marianne says:

    Absolutely stunningly beautiful! Brava!!!
    I just love this design/pattern, it’s been on my lace list for quite some time… you’ve inspired me :^)

  4. Cayenne says:

    It’s stunning. I’m speechless.

  5. jill says:

    Beautiful work. Love your color choice!

  6. Anne says:

    Super super pretty!

    I’ve been AWOL a bit on blog reading – but I love your new look here, and I know exactly where you took that photo in the header!

  7. Chris says:

    Absolutely stunning – glad you were able to manage the nupps!

  8. Laurie says:

    That’s beautiful! But those 7 stitches must have been a handburner.

  9. Kitten says:

    OH. SO. PRETTY. /rethinks Christmas knitting

  10. Nora says:

    That is really beautiful. Wow!

  11. Cookie says:

    Cheryl, it’s beautiful!

  12. Anne B. says:

    It is very beautiful, and so dramatic! Dark coloured shawls are da bomb.

  13. Angie says:

    That is one beautiful shawl. It is gorgeous on you!

  14. Sarah says:

    I love it! I have that yarn in lavender, and might need to use it to make this shawlette, too.

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