Meristem/ Beaded Kits/ Color Options

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Scarlet Ibis
Scarlet Ibis
African Grey
African Grey
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
This photo, as well as each of the remaining ones, shows one of the original shawls knit by Susanna.
This photo, as well as each of the remaining ones, shows one of the original shawls knit by Susanna.

From the amazing needles of Susanna IC comes Meristem.

The Design

I will let her tell you about the design:

Inspired by the changing seasons and designed in celebration of the spring and autumn equinox, Meristem is a top-down crescent shawl with a twist - its unusual construction creates a unique and interesting shape with an intricate border.

The shawl’s name, Meristem, comes from plant anatomy; it is defined as a region of cells located at root and shoot tips, capable of division and growth.

I thought this scientific term was a perfect description of the lace pattern, which starts with large leaves and then branches into tiny leafy shoots along the bottom edge.

The straight lines, from which the lace design develops, are reminiscent not only of growing branches but also of the sunrays peeking through foliage. The large circular eyelets are reminders of the sun’s daily and yearly passage through the sky.

Meristem is designed with six different options to choose from – a large or a small size with many beads, fewer beads, or without beads.

There are two options for beading given, but the project will also look great without any beads.

Worked in either lace or fingering weight yarn, the lace pattern is simple enough even for a novice lace knitter because it includes only basic stitches and the wrong side rows are all purled.

So, choose your options and let Meristem take you on a romantic journey through nature’s growth and transformation.

The Yarn

Susanna says that any lace or fingering weight yarn will do splendidly. For the large size, approximately 750 – 800 yards are needed. 

Let me make it clear that this yarn is not the same as any of the yarns or colors that Susanna used in her original one. We show her finished pieces so you can see the design itself and use your imagination. You can see the colors of these kits in the inset photo in the top picture and again right below.

The yarn in these kits is from Mrs. Crosby, and is the lace weight called Reticule. Each skein is 100% superwash merino and has approximately 840 yards to its 100 grams.  

Thus one skein gives enough yardage to make the larger size. 

We have three lovely colorways, none of which are quite solid nor quite variegated. 

1.  Scarlet Ibis is named after a beautiful bird of South America.  The colorway is a play on reds, with tonal variations from deep to light and all the shades in between. 

2. African Grey is named after the parrot of Africa, which looks rather plain at first look.  The you see the under feathers and realize all the hidden depths of beauty.  Similarly this colorway looks at first glance very simple, a cream color -- and then you see the nuances and whispers of colors:  greys and violets and pinks. 

3. Barn Swallow is named after a "common" bird but it is anything but.  This is the most variegated of our offerings but it is still within a tonal range.  You will see pink and rose and violet within the whole with a bit of surprise golds.  

The Beads

Option 1 is to place beads (size 8/0 suggested for lace weight yarn) at the top edge and throughout the lace pattern. For this is needed about 1,400 for the large shawl.

In Option 2, you would place beads only at the top edge and along the bottom lace border. For this you would need size 6/0 4.0mm, about 500 for the large shawl.

The kit price as you see it here will give you the beads for Option 1. If you would like Option 2, please contact us.  I will work with you to pick out these other larger beads to highlight your piece. 

Bead colors might blend or they might contrast. There are lots of possibilities. If you have a preference or an idea for the look you want, please let me know. Otherwise I will choose for you.

The Pattern

Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern.

I know some knitters might already have this or prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Susanna via her Ravelry web page. In this case, the drop-down menu above labeled "Pattern" should be set to "No Pattern Needed". 

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

We also can email the pattern to you via email. Just be aware that it is not automatic; I generally send these on right when I have the kits ready to ship. 

Such a wonderful opportunity to make a very individualized and custom piece.