Allouette/ Beaded Kits

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Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge
Grapes of Wrath
Grapes of Wrath
Around the World (note that even though this shows two skeins, the kit consists of one)
Around the World (note that even though this shows two skeins, the kit consists of one)
The remaining photos show the shawls knit by Nina.
The remaining photos show the shawls knit by Nina.

We originally offered kits for this beauty back in 2014 and thought it was definitely time to bring it back.

This is a lovely piece, by   Nina Machlin Dayton, and is called Allouette. 

The Design

Here is what Nina says about it: 

This triangular beaded shawl uses easy to memorize traditional lace patterns. The 10 page pattern includes 3 sizes plus instructions for making the shawl larger or smaller as desired for a truly customized fit. It includes both charts and written instructions, and uses between 510 and 970 size 6/0 seed beads.

I think it is gorgeous.

The Yarn

Our kits do not include the exact yarn that Nina used in her original.  You can see our yarns in the inset photo on the top picture and again below that.  The other photos are of her shawls,  there to show you the design.

What is needed for this is fingering weight yarn -- yardage between 345 yards and 900 yards (315 - 823 m), depending on the size you want to make.

A small will be 40" x 19" deep and will require 345 yards of yarn. A medium will be 60" x 32" and uses 650 yards. And a large is 76" x 38" and uses 850 yards of fingering weight yarn.

The yarn we offer for the kits here is Ella Rae Lace Merino, a fingering weight 100% superwash merino with 460 yards per 100g skein.

The photos on this page show the shawl as knit by Nina. The green ones are the smaller size, using one-skein of yarn (about 440 yards needed). The blue toned ones that you see in the first, third, and fifth photos are the larger size, two skeins worth (about 800 yards needed).

This kit gives you enough yarn and beads for the smaller size.  If you would like the larger size, go for two.  

We have two striking colorways to offer here, both songs to Springtime.  

Moulin Rouge is a gloriously rich colorway, of fuchsia, rose, pink, and violets in varying intensities.  Quite spectacular indeed.

 Grapes of Wrath is a beautiful blend of mostly cool colors including sky blue, purple, violet and some spring green.  And of course, nuanes and blends in beatween.  Gorgeous. 

Around the World is a quiet colorway, a gentle variegated yet tonal mix of delicate pastels ranging around a grey overall tone.  It includes mostly variations on greys with sky blues and occasional smatterings of pinks.

The Beads

Bead-wise, what you also will need is between 510 and 970 size 6/0 beads again depending on the size.  

There are qte a few beads that would look great with either of these colorways.  Usually I like to pick out one of the colors within the yarn color and emphasize that with the beads.  As one example, with Grapes of Wrath I could see S/L (Silver Lined) Chartreuse AB to pick up on the green, or S/L Capri Blue AB to play on the blues, or perhaps S/L Amethyst AB to make the purples sing. 

We could also go with bead colors that are totally different and thus a very striking contrast-- beads like S/L Crystal for tiny stars or S/L Gold to add another kind of richness. 

I could go on and on and find more that would look lovely. If you have a preference, tell me. Otherwise I will pick for you.


So one kit will include one skein of the yarn in your colorway choice plus more than 510 size 6/0 beads.


The Pattern

Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. We offer three options.

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

If you would like a printed copy (ten pages printed on heavy paper and slid into a sheet protector), please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that.

We also can email the pattern to you via email -- just know that it is not automatic and I need to send it manually.  Generally speaking I do that right before shipping the kit.

A real beauty.