Forbidden Flowers is a beautiful lace shawl that can be draped over the shoulders, or worn around the neck as a scarf. An interesting choice for a bridal shawl as well, as it straddles the line between traditional and modern....
The design reflects my interest in art Nouveau notifs and Estonian knitting techniques, especially the 3-to-7 increases. These increases are very interesting to work, and not hard at all, but require some attention. The pattern consists of a combination of written instructions and charts and is best suited for the intermediate and/or advanced lace knitter. There are also photo tutorials and links to video tutorials for those are more visual learners.
Gauge will vary with every knitter. I used a size 6 needle for fingering weight yarn, but I am a very loose knitter. You may want to size up to a size 7 if you are a tight knitter. I find that a lot of 'throwers' will knit tighter than knitters that use the Continental method, which is what I use. This design will also need to be blocked fairly aggressively to open up the lace, so keep that in mind when you are selecting a yarn and needle size.
I'm an artist, designer, librarian living in Brooklyn, New York.