Cauldron/ Beaded Pattern

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A lovely triangular beauty from Jennifer Dassau of The Knitting Vortex. Cauldron is a great piece -- I'll quote Jennifer here:

Who doesn’t want to stir up a little love? This triangular shawl begins with many stitches and an enticing ruffle, then decreases the stitch count by 2/3 before the body begins. Strong ribbed lines lead to the top, with optional beads added for glamour. The reversible stitch pattern is bewitching from both sides, all in the service of love. The hotter and stronger, the better!

Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, knit/purl, beading (optional; prestrung and crochet hook methods, with link to tutorial), decreasing. This pattern is both written and charted.

There are two sizes possible using this pattern: Small (Large); approximately 42 (60)" wingspan and 16 (25)" depth.

The original yarn that Jennifer used in her original shawls (shown on this page) was the DK weight Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino (51% silk, 49% merino; 150 yards/50g; 2 (4) skeins. The one you see with beads was knit in the size small -- it used about 240 yards; the one that is un-beaded, shown in Redwood Bark, is the larger size. and used about 495 yards.

The Silky Merino becomes very drapey when blocked, which is essential for achieving a straight top edge, as the body of the shawl is ribbed and the wings must be pulled up to avoid a point at the middle of the top. For a similar result, choose a single ply DK weight yarn with significant silk or other non-springy fiber content.

And we just found the perfect yarn! Take a look at Grace Hand-Dyed, (Ouch! All sold out.).

The optional beading in this shawl uses size 6/0 large hole seed beads 422 (982), optional; and you will need the equivalent of a 1.25 mm crochet hook for placing beads.

Quite a striking accessory -- sure to garner compliments wherever you go.