A new version, back in stock -- this shawl is simply too lovely to not offer and I love the new yarns we found to kit it with. Read on for more data....
I feel so honored that Susanna IC trusted us with this marvelous variation-on-a-classic.
Many of you are familiar with the wonderful pattern called Annis by Susanna IC and offered at Knitty.com (Issue 10, Spring-Summer 2010).
Well, Susanna and I had been talking about a beaded version and I was so very pleased to receive this from her.
Here is what she wrote:
This is a larger version of my Annis pattern available at Knitty.com.
This adaptation features a much deeper lace border, resulting in a larger shawl overall, and uses beautiful Earthfaire beads instead of nupps.
And from the original pattern: I love traditional triangular shawls, but sometimes they are difficult to keep in place without a pin. I have been experimenting with different shapes that could be simply tied like a scarf or have longer ends that would drape gracefully around the shoulders. Annis’ distinctive crescent shape lends itself to numerous ways of tying and draping, making it a versatile accessory.
The shawlette is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the lace and the narrow curved shape is created by a unique set of short rows. The interesting combination of lace and simple stockinette stitches makes Annis a fun and fast project.
Finished Size: 22”/ 56cm x 65”/ 165cm blocked
Now Susanna did the original here with 450 yards of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk (80% Superwash Merino wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Silk; 500 yards / 100 grams); color Black Plum but she says that any lace or fingering weight yarn will work just fine.
Here we present the kits using Cash Fine, a delicious yarn of 70% ExtraFine Merino Wool 30% Cashmere.
This is a heavy lace weight, with approx 355 yards per 50g, and two skeins will be perfect.
We have two new colorways and honest, I didn't think I was thinking about Christmas when I ordered them but looking at them now, well, it seems maybe I was....
Deep Wine is a rich Merlot color -- truly with great depth. It is an almost-solid; the two fibers makes for slight differences in how the dyes "took". The photo I took that you see here in the second picture on this page shows it with Silver Lined Crystal beads (in size 8/0) sparkling on the yarn -- you can see how beautifully they stand out.
The second colorway I am naming Evergreen and I can almost smell the pine needles. Again, deep and rich -- and the beads you see on it in the third photo are Lined Green AB. (Sorry, sold out.)
For this design, Susanna recommends 6/0 beads (which I hadn't thought of when I took the photos, alas; these are the smaller 8/0s here). I put the beads on the yarn because I wanted to show how striking they will look -- and I think that works perfectly. There are quite a few beads that I like with each of these colorways of yarn -- some really dramatic and stand-out, others more of a blend. If you have a preference, tell me; otherwise I will choose for you.
Each kit will include one approximately 350 6/0 4 mm beads plus two skeins of yarn, in the colorway of your choice.
All you need to provide is the knitting needles and a crochet hook size 14 / 0.75mm (small enough to fit through holes of beads) or an equivalent tool. .
Note also that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. I know some of you already have it.
The original (with nupps instead of beads) is a free pattern at Knitty.com. and if you would like to adjust the design yourself, please feel free. 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 so it might take a bit of time for me to get to it).
This is a real beauty! I am really thrilled with it.