Escalope by Kourtney Robinson


May 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
330 - 365 yards (302 - 334 m)
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This shawl was the third installment of the Calgary-centric Tapas Yarn Club and is now available for purchase!

Escalope is a half octagon, but it will be familiar to any who have worked top-down triangles. The ‘tab-top’ beginning is similar, but there are four panels with increases on every other right-side row (instead of two panels with increases on every right-side row).

A good intro to lace; the instructions are fully written and fully charted. Each is complete in and of itself, however I’ve taken care to make sure that rows are the same (within sections) from written to charted instructions, so you can cross reference between them.

I was inspired by the shells of scallops, and I decided to name this shawl Escalope, which is the Old French word for shell and the basis for the word scallop. Escalope begins as a simplified shell shape – a plain half octagon. Old Shale lace is familiar to many, and I developed a variation I called wave lace. The wave lace grows in a Fibonacci sequence and eventually meets and consumes the “spines” that separate each panel, reminiscent of scallops consuming whatever they catch in their filters. When blocked, the edging has small but distinct curves as a last, obvious nod to “scallop” as a shape.