This one is catch-your-breath gorgeous!
By Susanna IC, Calendula began its life as a MKAL.
The pattern is not a part of this kit -- you should get pattern on the designer's Ravelry page.
Here is what Susanna writes about it:
A sister pattern to the popular Marigold stole, this design was inspired by the vividly colored calendula flowers that brighten gardens and the countryside during summer months.
Calendula is my classic top-down short row crescent shawl with three size options, Large, Medium, and Small, all of which can be customized even further.
The short rows are worked in garter stitch, so the wraps can be left in place, unworked, hidden within the texture. The lace pattern (charted and fully written) is easy enough even for a novice lace knitter because it includes only basic stitches and the wrong side lace rows are all simply purled.
There are beads added throughout the lace and three different beading options are charted, but the project will work just as well without any beads.
The Yarn and Colorways
Susanna writes that all of the sizes of the shawl can be worked in lace or fingering, as well as sport weight and DK yarns (heavier yarns may require extra yardage and larger needles, of course).
She recommends solid, tonal, and gradient or ombre yarns -- all will work with this lace beautifully.
What we have put together for this, are kits using the very looooooong color runs of Freia lace weight yarns. You can see what we have in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.
We have Freia yarns in lace weight to offer here. These are a different fiber composition and different colorways than the one that Susanna used for her original but will give you a look with many similarities.
Each cake (yes, the yarn is already wound for you and ready to be knit) is 100% Cruelty-Free US Merino and has 712 yards (650m) to its 2.64 ounces (75 grams).
The small size gives you a final measurement of roughly 13" (33 cm) as center depth and 42" (105 cm) wingspan. It requires 315 - 350 yards.
The one you see on this page done in the gradually changing Grapevine colorway was done with one cake of Freia in a fingering weight and is the small size.
A large ends up at about 25” / 63.5 cm (center depth) x 63” / 160 cm (wingspan) and a medium size at 18” / 46 cm (center depth) x 54” / 137 cm (wingspan). These require approximately 575 - 625 yards and 425 - 475 yards respectively.
So one cake will make the larger size, in this lace weight. And that is how these kits are set up -- the yarn plus the beads (as described below).
We have two colorways in stock for you to choose between:
1. Aurora is based on the lovely Auroroa Borealis and includes midnight blue into sky blue into green into gold.
(We show two cakes in the photo, both Aurora but wound from different ends of the colorway.)
2. Denim plays with the hue of indigo, that beautiful color midway between blue and purple on the rainbow. Ranging from a very deep dark almost navy, it lightens up as the colorway progresses to a tone that is close to periwinkle.
(Again, two cakes are shown in the photo, wound from different ends of this Denim colorway.)
The beads are optional but as they add so much to the whole we are including them in each kit.
Susanna has the pattern set up to give you bead options for "lots of beads / fewer beads / just edges." For the large size, one would use 976 / 434 / 127 respectively.
You will note that Susanna writes: "Bead size depends on the weight of your yarn. Because of the relatively large number of beads in the “lots of beads” option, a large lace weight shawl would probably work best with 8/0 3.00mm beads to avoid straining the yarn too much..."
Thus our kits will includes these smaller size 8/0 beads --- a bit more than you need -- about 1,400 beads.
If you have a preference on bead color, tell me. Otherwise I will choose for you.
Remember to get your pattern on the designer's Ravelry page.