When I was at DFW Fiber Fest at the end of March, I was commissioned to turn this beautiful skein of bamboo lace from Michelle aka The Fiber Lady into a shawl.
The are a lot of colors in this skein. You can’t see much of it, but there is also some blue and green in addition to the yellow, cream, and pink. That’s a lot of different colors all in one skein. If you’ve ever tried to knit a lace shawl with a variegated yarn, you know that it needs a special pattern.
My first item of business was to find a strongly defined lace pattern. I found the waterlilies stitch pattern in my Haapsalu Shawl book and decided that the simple bold shape would work well when paired with large amounts of stockinette. I like working with diamond shaped stitch motifs because they fit together flat and along the increase lines.
Remember my previous post about shawl shapes? Like I said then, I like shawl shapes other than the traditional triangle. I made this shawl with three triangular wedges so it wraps around further to the front and stays on the shoulders easily. This also gives a flat edge to the back edge. No pointing at your rear end in this shawl. This shape has two increase line that I wanted to disguise in the stockinette, so I added in the nupp edged diamonds along the increase lines. This was my first time working with nupps. I had fun working on them and I love the way they create little colored beads in the variegated yarn.
The shawl finishes off with a more diamonds and a lacy edging.
And oh yeah, there are beads too. Is anyone surprised?
We tried to get some pictures with the fountain in the middle of the lake in the background, but it was way too bright outside. If you look really hard, you can kind of see it in the background of this picture.
We did get other good pictures though.
Fountain of Diamonds uses
• 900 yds/825m Laceweight. Sample shown in Fiber Lady Chiku, 100% bamboo; 4 oz, 1000 yds, in After Dinner Mints
• US sz 3/3.25mm, or size needed to obtain gauge, circular needle
• 754 sz 8/0 beads
• US sz 14/.75mm crochet hook for adding beads
• 12 stitch markers
• yarn needle for weaving in ends
You can purchase Fountain of Diamonds on Ravelry or directly from The Fiber Lady if you see her at a show.