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Debra Peacock Tail Shawl


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I have become slightly obsessed with peacock feathers since I knit the snow peacock by Tonks a few years ago as a wedding present for my sister-in-law. My mom loved it and hinted at every special occasion that she would like a shawl with a peacock motif. I decided to try my hand at designing one specially for her with my own version of a peacock tail, complete with nubs, helixes, leaves, defined beaded feathers, and beaded plumed edging. She loves, loves, loves it and I might be the favorite daughter for a while! My grandma, having seen mom's shawl, pouted and sighed until I assured her I was designing one for her, too - now available as the Lola Celtic Knots Shawl ( There are five separate pattern sections that make up the shawl. There is some beadwork (using green, blue, turquoise, and brown seed beads) when you get to the tail feathers, but if that's not your thing, you can omit them and just knit those stitches normally. The crochet hook listed is for getting the beads onto the stitch before knitting it. I have provided both written and chart instructions. It is a nice sized shawl (drapes beautifully over the shoulders reaching just below the back), but if you would like it bigger, increase needle size to #9 and you will need just over two skeins of the listed yarn (Knit Picks Gloss Lace in Natural). BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY YOs, decreases, cabling, beading SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS One-size adult SUGGESTED YARN 880 yards of Lace weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Knit Picks Gloss Lace COLORWAY Natural

Recommended with this pattern

  • Size 8 (5.0mm) 29+ inch needles, cable needle or DPN, size 12/1.00mm crochet hook for beading
  • Size 6 glass seed beads in purple, turquoise, green, and brown, and rust-proof pins for blocking

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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 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! Check out - a blog tour talking to fiber artists about their inspirations!