Like many people, I adore hand painted yarns, and like many others, I adore large, intricate lace shawls.
But it always leaves me singing the blues that so often those two loves just do not work well together.
How It’s Made
This top-down semi-circle shawl, in four “sizes”, starts with bold petals that give way to an all-over, simple lace background that is not obscured by the variations in colors of that special hand-painted yarn.
When the lace gives way to an area of plain stocking stitch, that hand painted yarn can really shine.
714 – 1,428 Yards
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Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Multi (80% Superwash Fine Highland Wool, 20% Polyamide; 357 yds /100 g): Springwater, 2 (3, 3, 4) skeins
Size US 8 (5mm) needles, 60″ (150cm) circulars
Or size needed to obtain gauge
Size H-8 (5mm) hook
Size 16 (.6mm) hook for applying beads
18 sts and 22 rows = 4″ [10cm] in overall patt after blocking
1/2, 5/8ths, 3/4ths, and 7/8ths of a circle shawl
84 (105, 126, 147)” [213 (267, 320, 373) cm] along the bottom edge and 26″ [66 cm] from neck to bottom edge
Tapestry needle, stitch markers (optional), smooth waste yarn for provisional cast-on, 385 6/0 glass seed beads.
Size 6/0 glass seed beads. 136 (194, 228, 262)
About the Designer: Mary E. Rose
Mary learned to knit as a young child and it has had an impact on her life ever since. As a teen, when her friends were getting jobs at fast food restaurants, Mary worked at her LYS, where the hours and working conditions were much better.
As with many knitters, when she couldn’t find patterns for what she wanted to knit, she started designing her own.
She currently lives in Central Ohio with her three children, who also craft. She can be found on Ravelry and her blog, or with knitting needles in hand, guarding her stash.
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