Ardienta/ Beaded Kit/ 3 Color Gradients

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Painting the Roses in Luxe (from TUS)
Painting the Roses in Luxe (from TUS)
PEI Dirt in Frolicking Feet (from Done Roving)
PEI Dirt in Frolicking Feet (from Done Roving)
Spring Lilacs in Frolicking Feet (from Done Roving)
Spring Lilacs in Frolicking Feet (from Done Roving)
The back of Susanna's original piece
The back of Susanna's original piece
This close-up of Susanna's original shawl shows the beads nicely.
This close-up of Susanna's original shawl shows the beads nicely.
The full piece
The full piece

Only two left in stock!


Oh my. 

This is a real beauty. 

And we just happen to have some lovely yarns to put into a kit for this.  :-)

The Design

This beauty is by Susanna IC. And here is how she describes it:

Ardienta is generously sized and shaped into a crescent that easily wraps around your shoulders like a hug.

I designed this shawl to look like a bouquet of beautiful flowers for a dear friend. The vivid colors of this stunning yarn served as inspiration for Ardienta. The brilliant purple and pink hues match the colors of Rosa Ardienta, a gorgeous hybrid tea rose.

Starting with the shape of the rose, I designed the lace to look like unfolding blossoms sheltered by stylized leaves.

Ardienta is constructed from the top down, starting with a set of easy stockinette short rows, which give the shawl its graceful crescent shape. The lace of the deep border may look complicated at first; however, it is created only with basic lace stitches and all the wrong side rows are simply purled.

Seed beads are added throughout the lace borders for additional drape and a bit of sparkle, but the beads are optional and the shawl will look just as great without them.

The Yarn and Colorways

Susanna's original was knit using one skein of an 80/20 merino/silk blend with 600 yards to its 150 grams.  She writes however that any lace or fingering weight yarn would work beautifully; figure on needing roughly 600 yards. 

We have some very different yarns to offer here, dyed by different hand-dyers, but all looking very fine indeed.  You can see what we offer in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.  The other photos are of Susanna's original piece and are there to show you the design. 

1.  From The Unique Sheep is Luxe, a 25% Tussah Silk, 75% Superwash Merino fingering weight yarn.   We brought in a "big foot" set, with 600 yards divided between 6 smaller skeinettes, in one of our monochromatic Gradiance colorways. 

The color for this is called Painting the Roses and is truly a melody of rose colors --  gradually deepening from a pale almost-pink, into a deep and lovely merlot.

2.  From Done Roving, we have gotten in some really strikingly lovely gradient sets in Frolicking Feet

The yarn is 100% domestic superwash merino.  Each set contains six 100 yards skeins (approximately 5 ounces) for a total of 600 yards of delicious colors. 

We have two really neat colorways in Frolicking Feet.

(a)  PEI Dirt (btw, PEI = Prince Edward Island, of Canada):  This ranges from a delightful coral and gradually deepens with the addition of chocolate , running thorugh a fire-brick-red and into a rich and loam-y brown.  

(b)  Spring Lilacs is perfect for this time of year, with neutrals modified by a lovely lilac tone.  Starting at ecru, some sandstone is added and then ore and deeper brown until it subtly changes into lilacs with a whisper of pink thrown in. 


The Beads

Susanna recommends as an optional addition 627 size 6/0 beads.  

These are added via the crochet-hook-method and thus you should figure on either one of the very thin crochet hooks or a beadle needle designed to work with fingering weight yarn and 6/0 beads. (We carry a number of these.  If you need some recommendations, just contact us.)

The beads could be a striking contrast color -- silver (in the form of Silver Lined Crystal beads) would look quite dramatic, as would any of our gold beads.  Or we could choose a color which mirrors one or more of the hues in the yarn -- that is usually my personal preference -- for a more subtle but still stand-out look.  

If you have an idea of the color bead you'd like, let me know.  Otherwise I will choose for you. 

The Pattern

The pattern is charted and not written out -- so know that this requires that you feel comfortable reading from charts.

Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern.

I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Susanna via her Ravelry web page. In that case, set the Pattern drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed."  This is the way to go if you would like a copy of the pattern stored in your Ravelry library (and automatically updated if needed). 

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the drop-down menu is set to that.

We also can email the pattern to you (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do that right before shipping your kit). 


This is a real beauty.  I think you will be very pleased.