The name, and the shawl itself, were inspired by the multi blue yarn used for the shawl body. A Wollmeise colourway named Admiral in den Wolken, which means Admiral in the Clouds, needed something which would complement it rather than fight with it and the cream yarn in my stash just jumped out at me. The two together reminded me of lace cuffs on a Victorian blouse, and from there the design idea developed. I like semi-circular shawls. I find them easier to wear than triangles and you don't end up with that point at the bottom directing the eye to bits of you that you don't want highlighting!
You can find the pattern along with all my others in my Ravelry store at www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-for-the-admiral