If you go back through many many posts on this blog you will find that way back when I was asked by Jocelyn of Dubai Knits to put together a design which would reflect the Lanterns of the Philippine Lantern Festivals.
I worked on that thought and came up with the Lantern Shawl - all ready to go to Jocelyn to be released with her funky yarn for the December Dubai Knits yarn club.
However disaster struck and I knocked my Mac onto the floor (we have marble floors here in the UAE!!) and managed to smash the hard drive! I lost everything because my Time Machine also decided to crash, so I ended up having to re-write the pattern in some haste!
For me it was never quite perfect and indeed those people who knitted it had some issues with the edging and whilst there are some lovely projects already on Ravelry, I was not happy.
Roll on a few years and I have FINALLY re-written the pattern into a format which I am happy with. I have amended the edging to make it more user friendly and have now knitted the Lantern Shawl 3 times!
The last and best version is in Madelinetosh Light in the colour way Kitten and I am very pleased with it. The drape of the yarn is simply gorgeous and the colour sways between a pale brown and a browny grey depending on how it catches the light!
So to celebrate the re-release I am going to make the new revised Lantern Shawl pattern FREE for the first 48 hours! Please use the code LANTERN0716 when checking out on Ravelry. After the initial 48 hours it will be available for $5.
For those who have already downloaded the original version, I will be sending out an update and I hope that if anyone has started to knit and then frogged because of the edging issues that you might try again!
Never tried lace before? Then come back to my next blog post where I will share some tips and tricks!