Summerleaf/ Beaded Kit/ 4 Colors in MadTosh

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What a wonderful song to sing !

Here is Nim Teasdale's Summer Leaf but it is appropriate for any time of year and as spring approaches it is very enticing indeed.

Here is what Nim has to say about it:

Summerleaf is a top down crescent from the Leaf Cycle Collection.

The pattern is both written and charted, and offers several variables to play with:

Start the lace when you like - as an all over pattern, or after an adjustable sized plain section in stockinette or garter.

Repeat the leaf pattern as many times as you like.

The edging is also indefinitely repeatable, and can be extended to make use of all that lovely yarn.

Optional beading for a little bling.

Adaptable to a variety of fibres and yarn weights from lace to DK.

Lace rows are worked on the right side only.

This shawl is inspired by the lush green leaves of summer which create lovely cool green shade. It is perfect for keeping the summer sun off delicate skin and draping round shoulders when the cool evening descends.

We just got in four luscious colorways from Madeline Tosh in the Tosh Sock. This is a two-ply 100% superwash merino, with a wonderful squishiness. Each skein has 395 yards (361m) and is a perfect fingering weight.

The shawl had a hugely variable yardage need, depending on what you decide to do. The one that Nim knit, that you see on this page, used only 345 yards (315m) and measures about 45 x 175 cm after blocking.

So we are going to include one skein of the yarn (in the colorway you choose) in each kit. If you feel you want another skein, just contact us and if we have stock we'll work that out with you.

Similarly there are no set amounts of beads needed to make the shawl -- by my rough calculation you will need anywhere between 420 and 840 of size 6/0 beads.

I am going to include two containers of roughly 35g of 6/0 beads in each kit. That gives you 840 beads, + or - a few. The beads might blend with the yarn colors or they might contrast -- there are so many that will look superb with each. If you have a preference, tell me; otherwise let me choose for you.

Choose the color of the yarn you would like:

1. Blue Nile is the one that will give you a look closest to the one Nim achieved in her finished shawl that you see on this page. It is a tonal blend of turquoise hues, a veritable seascape ranging from a light sun-dappled turquoise into deeper tones and even one from the shadows of the depths with the faintest whisper of violet. (Sorry, sold out)

2. Cardinal is (I bet you can guess this one) a blend of tonal reds, with a suggestion of some orange to them. They go from deep with a hint of brown into a medium almost-true-red and then lighter into an almost-red-orange. I need better adjectives, I know. This has an amazing look to it; stunning richness.

3. Margeaux is a marvelous variegated colorway while still staying within one color family. It is a play on red-violets and blue-violets, some pale, some deeper, the whole simply lovely. (Sorry, sold out)

4. Moonstone is a tonal mix of grays ranging from pale cloud to a deeper medium gray and all the tones in between. A real sophisticated beauty. (Sorry, sold out)

Note also 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 Nim via her Ravelry web page. In that case, make sure the drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed." Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, then the "Pattern" drop-down menu should be set to that. We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do that right before your kit is shipped).

Let me make it clear that if I email you the pattern, it will not be added to your Ravelry library; if that is where you would like it saved, then please get it directly from Nim as noted above.

This is a beautiful piece. Take a look at the Project Pages to see some ideas and how different colors look in this.

Lovely lovely lovely indeed!