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Nouveau Beaded Capelet


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This shawl is inspired by the filmy evening wraps of the Art Nouveau period. I love the effect of the delicate fabric encrusted with flowers and swirls of beads. This is my interpretation of that elegance. Scallops are worked individually on the same circular needle, joined, and the rest of the capelet is worked from the bottom up. Except for the tassels, all beads are placed individually using the crochet hook method. I weighed my finished piece and it weighs 220g or 7.7 oz. It isn't overly heavy. It has an elegant weight, like a strand of real pearls. The weight is spread across your shoulders and arms and the tassels keep the shawl down over your arms so that the scallops act like arm slits. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl knit 2 together purl 2 together slip, slip, knit centered double decrease yarn over knit into front and back of stitch placing beads with a crochet hook GAUGE Gauge is not overly important, though it will affect size. Pick a yarn and needle combo that gives a pleasing result. Scallop measures 12.5"/31.8 cm wide by 6"/15.3 cm tall after blocking.

Supplies Needed

  • 1200 yds (1097 m) wool or wool/silk lace-weight yarn. Sample shown in Filanda Lace, 100% pure new wool, 100 g/1367 yds/1250 m, Teal
  • US sz 3/3.25 mm 47"/119 cm circular needles
  • US sz 14/0.5 mm crochet hook for placing beads

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Melissa Lemmons Designs
Melissa Lemmons Designs
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.