Helianthe/ Kits with Bead Option

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Nim's original
Nim's original

One of my favorite designs by Nim Teasdale, we are offering once more kits (with the option of adding beads) for this beautiful design. 

The Design

From Nim Teasdale comes Helianthe.  Here is what she writes: 

Helianthe is an interactive crescent shawl which can develop in a variety of ways. The name is a derivative of the sunflower subfamily, Helianthus.

The shawl is a collaboration with Naomi Parkhurst of Gannet Designs, using stitch patterns she has created with the words ‘sunflower’ and ‘sun’ encoded into the structure of the lace.

The shawl begins with a stockinette area given structure by lines of mini cables, inspired by the straight stems of sunflowers. This is followed by a band of Sun lace, which can be repeated until ready to work the Flower lace, or these charts can be worked the other way..

  • Shawl can be worked entirely from the written pattern, or from the charts with some notes.
  • Pattern rows are worked on the RS only
  • Adaptable to any yardage
  • Adaptable to a range of yarn weights from lace to DK


The one that you see on these pages is Nim's original piece which used 430 yards (400m) of a fingering weight yarn.  It measures after blocking around 54" x 14" (140x35cm). 

The Yarn and Colorways

The yarn we have for this kit is very different than what Nim used in hers.  You can see our yarn in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.  The photos of Nim's piece are here so you can get an idea of the design itself. 

The yarn is from Lana Grossa and is called Silkhair Degrade, a blend of 70% mohair/ 30% silk, with 400m (about 440 yards) per 50g ball.  

The colorway gently changes hues.  This one is a delightfully soft blend that runs fron a lilac into a brown and ecru.  

One skein will make up your kit. 


Nim doesn't specifically set out a pattern for beads in this pattern yet some of her knitters added them to great effect.  Where to put them and how many would be very much an individual decision.  

You might decide not to add glitter to the ethereal effect you get with mohair/silk or you might feel that a subtle sparkle would look awesome. 

We are offering a choice on beads or not.  And in size of beads.

If you would like, you can get 10 grams of size 8/0 beads.  That will give you approximately 400 beads to play with. The beads would play hide-and-seek in the soft fuzziness of the yarn. 

Or you could decide to get as part of your kit 10 grams of larger size 6/0s --  in this size 10g will only have about 120 beads.   These would stand out a bit more. 

Select from the drop-down menu. 

If you have a preference on bead colors, let me know.  Otherwise I will choose for you.

The Pattern

Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern.

I highly recommend getting the pattern directly as a PDF file from Nim via her Ravelry web page.

In fact, we are going to assume you will do that.  Simply use the above link to go to her Rav page to purchase it.  Then you will automatically get any updates to the pattern and have it saved in your Rav library. 

Alternatively, if there is a reason you cannot do that or you would like a printed copy,  let me know and I'll work it out with you.