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Kimberly found her love of design while knitting plastic bags into shoes and fishing nets for her Master’s thesis (for resource poor areas of the world with lots of errant polyethylene - not just for ...
Kimberly found her love of design while knitting plastic bags into shoes and fishing nets for her Master’s thesis (for resource poor areas of the world with lots of errant polyethylene - not just for funsies). She found that working with yarn was sooo much nicer and the possibilities to make beautiful things were endless. Kimberly is now a full-time designer and an aspiring knitting travel writer - it may not be a profession yet, but give her time!
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"The Ambassador" is the third design in my Firefly/Serenity series based on the character Inara Serra. It is a long beaded wrap with 4 distinct parts of the design: 1. Beaded and lightly cabled diamonds along the bottom, 2. Beaded lace curly-cues along the sides (simulating the veil she wears in the episode "Trash"), 3. A slipped stitch dense, lightly beaded middle section, and 4. A sideways knitted on lace top edge that corrects the differences in fabric density. Like Inara, the design is elegant, bold, and very sparkly.?
The piece can be worn several ways; wrap, shawl, scarf, headscarf, or backless wrapped shirt. It is knit flat from the long bottom edge up, with the top edge knitted on sideways.
The pattern is available as on Craftsy as one download with complete written (first 9 pages) or complete charted (last 6 pages) instructions.
The project uses between 900-1000 of fingering weight yarn and 1,987 beads in 5 colors. I suggest using yarn in solid colors or lightly variegated/tonal. Because of the construction (sideways knitted top edge) highly variegated yarns may pool weirdly. Very bold colors are the most suited to Inara's style, and the pattern provides bead suggestions to create a triadic color scheme for 7 yarn colors (red, blue, yellow, purple, green, orange, and black).
If nearly 2000 beads sounds intimidating, a few of my testers used only 1 or 2 colors of beads/did not do all the beading and it is still absolutely beautiful!
The first two designs in the series are Leaf on the Wind based on Wash and Big Damn Heroes based on Zoe, both available on Craftsy.
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A very special thank you to my Ravelry testers: RedTina, puffycats, milosiini, CraftyLzrd, luluminstrel, OmniaNatura, lyonesset, LuxNoctis, and txjewelrylady
12 stitches and 15 rows = 2 inches in stockinette, worked flat, unblocked
1000 yards of Fingering weight