The border of this shawl is based on a vintage edging. I loved the flower and fan motifs so decided to play around with them. The shell like fans with the flowers made me think of the nursery rhyme: Mary, Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells, and merry maids in a row.
This crescent shaped shawl is written for three sizes. It is worked from the top down starting from a garter tab and ending with a crochet mesh border.
There are instructions for optional beads along the edge of the border. The beads are all placed individually using the crochet hook or dental floss methods so you do not have to decide if you want beads until you are almost done.
Instructions are also included for using Gradiance colorways by The Unique Sheep for 4, 5, and 6 skein sets.
The small sample is shown in handspun silk. The medium is shown in Xie, a bamboo laceweight by SWTC. The large is shown in Marici by The Unique Sheep in Inpressionist Sunrise, an exclusive colorway for Earthfaire.com.
600 [800, 1200] yds/550 [732, 1097]m of laceweight yarn
US sz 3/3.25mm circular needles
960 1200, 1440 sz 8/0 beads
US sz 14/0.75mm crochet hook for placing beads
US sz 9/1.9mm crochet hook for border.
Gauge is not overly important. Choose a needle and yarn combination that you like. Realize that changing the yarn and/or needles will affect the size of the final shawl and the yardage needed.
Written and charted instructions are provided. Written instructions start on page 2 and charted instructions on page 12.
All beads are placed individually using the crochet hook method. First, spear the bead with the crochet hook. Second, transfer the stitch to be beaded from the needle to the hook. Third, slide the bead down over the hook and onto the stitch. Last, transfer the stitch back to the needle.
Each of the sizes starts differently. Make sure you are using the correct set of instructions or chart for your desired size.
You will need to know how to work a crochet chain and single crochet stitch to form the mesh at the end of the border.
If using a Gradiance set by The Unique Sheep: use the provided tables at the end of the pattern for the size shawl and number of skeins you have. Start the transition on the stated row. For each transition work 2 rows of new skein, 4 of the old skein, 4 of the new skein, 2 of the old skein, then continue with the new skein until the next transition.
For most of the shawl sizes and skein set combinations, the transitions have been calculated to have an approximately equal number of rows per skein. The one exception is the Large knit with 4 skeins. For this one, the number of rows per skein decreases as the rows get longer.
Complete row by row stitch counts are provided starting on page 16.
The pattern is long due to the fact that it includes both written and charted instructions. If you are using the written instructions you will need pages 2-11. For the charted instructions you will need pages 12-15. Complete row by row stitch counts and transitions charts are on pages 16 for small, 17 for medium, and 18 for large.
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I have been doing some type of needle craft for as long as I can remember. When I was really little, it was crochet and embroidery. I finally learned how to knit in high school and really took off with it in college. Now I am designing my own patterns. I love intricate yet intuitive designs, so expect a lot of lace, cables, and colorwork in my patterns.