This is a one-skein. crescent shawl with a difference. There are no stockinette or garter stitch sections – instead, graceful lace flows uninterruptedly outwards towards the very tips, and downwards towards the beaded diamond border. Perfect for that single skein of luxury yarn, it was designed with lace addicts and frugal-minded knitters in mind – I happen to belong to both groups!
I’ve always had admiration and respect for the Aloe Vera. This evergreen perennial flourishes in dry, arid conditions and harsh terrain, producing succulent leaves with a multitude of soothing and healing properties. The lace motif in the shawl body is a tribute to the tender, pointed leaves of the aloe. It seems fitting that the border with its sparkling beads is made of diamond motifs, because to my mind, both aloes and diamonds are equally precious in their own ways.
With elegant lace and simple shaping, this shawl is an enjoyable knit.
Sweet Georgia Bulletproof Sock (50% superwash merino, 15% silk, 15% mohair, 20% nylon; 437 yds [400m]/100g): Lupine, 1 ball
Thank you to Sweet Georgia for providing the yarn for our sample!
Thank you to Deepa for knitting the sample!
Yarn for prototype: Padma’s shawl used Shuttles & Needles sport weight Caterpillar yarn (100% hand-dyed cotton; 370 yards[336m]100 grams): Baton Rouge, 1 skein
(c) Padma R.
Size US 6 (4 mm): 32” (81cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
1 body lace repeat is 2” wide and 1.5” tall.
36 sts = 4” [10 cm] in St st on US 0-1. (this is included in case you want to use a different yarn).
43” (109cm) along top edge, 115” (292cm) along bottom edge, 16” (41cm) height at center
Prototype: 55” (140cm) along top edge, 90” (229cm) along bottom edge, 15” (38cm) height at center
US16 [0.6mm] steel crochet hook,or size needed for bead placement;
2 tubes of seed beads 3.5 mm (6/0) size (you may only need 1 tube, but better to have extra beads than to run out!); blocking wires; t-pins; tapestry needle; 4 stitch markers
See our standard abbreviations.
(B) (bead the st that has just been worked): replace the st from right needle to left needle, place bead on shank of 0.6 mm crochet hook, pull st through bead, replace st on right needle and adjust st tension.
kfbf: kfbf into stitch (2 sts inc).
ABOUT THE DESIGNER: PADMA R
Padma likes to design designs with a simple aesthetic which are fun to make and wear.
She thinks knitting, crochet and Tunisian crochet are equally absorbing and finds it exciting to be able to switch from one craft to another.
Find her on Ravelry as PadmaR.