Nim Teasdale has done it again. With Kaleidos she has created a stunning beaded beauty, that allows for plentiful personal input so that this finished shawl will truly be your own creation.
The best way to get this pattern is via Nim's Raverly page. This puts a copy in your Ravelry library and ensures you get any updates right away.
This web page is for the yarn and beads with which to knot this gorgeous shawl.
Here is what she writes:
Kaleidos is an elegant star shaped shawl. Worked from the nape in radiating wedges, it has lace panel inserts that form kaleidoscopic patterns at the increase and decrease lines within the star shape.
Delicate eyelet rows can be worked into the star shape whenever you like (every other RS row), and the lace can be extended to any size you like.
The Yarn and Colorways
Note that our kits not the same yarn nor colors as what Nim used in her original; you can see what we have in the inset photos on the top picture and again right below that. The other photos (included here with permission) are here to show the overall design and allow you to use your imagination.
All that is needed to make this shawl is two contrasting solids, or a solid and a variegated or gradient yarn. And only one colour is worked at a time.
Nim's original shawl (shown on this page) used a total of 650 yards (600m), 325 yards of each of her colors). She recommends for this shawl anywhere between 437 - 1094 yards (400 - 1000 m).
It is adaptable to any yarn wieght from lace to DK -- our kits are fingering weight.
This kit includes two colorways from Madeline Tosh Yarns, both their Tosh Merino Light, of 100% merino wool and with 420 yards (384m) per skein.
Medeival is an almost-solid in a rich velvety red-violet. It has a marvelous look to it, with a wondrous feeling of depth.
Night Hawk is a variegated colorway, combining greys of various tones with turquoise and teal, fuchsia and violet and even a bit of lime. Striking.
One skein of each will be included in Kit A giving you a total of 840 yards.
The yarn in this kit is from Mountain Colors and is a new one from them: Silk Dance. This is a 75% merino/ 25% silk with 430 yards/ 100g skein. It has a gorgeous sheen to it and feels marvelous.
Kit B includes two of Mountain Colors' "harmony" colorways, tonal blends of similar hues that look awesome.
Harmony Ice is a pastel blend of teals and aquas, a light colorway that has a marvelous glow to it.
Harmony Brook is a rich tonal colorway of deeper blues and teals and a bit of grey as well.It is a perfect foil for Harmony Ice.
One skein of each will be included in Kit B giving you a total of 860 yards. This kit is a bit more expensive than Kit A -- you can see the additional charge via the drop-down menu.
Icicle is another colorway in Silk Dance and is a wonderful tonal blend of blues ranging from a pale aqua into turquoise and teal and blending into a truer blue.
Outlander (do you even wonder where they got that name?) is another Madeline Tosh colorway, this time dyed n the new BFL Sock (100% bluefaced leicester wool with 420 yards/384m per skein). It is a speckled beauty with colors on a natural cream base -- the dots and dashes are blues and greens primarily with some teals and purples and magentas and a bit of gold here and there.
One skein of each will be included in Kit C giving you a total of 850 yards. This kit is just a smidgen higher in cost than Kit A -- you can see the additional charge via the drop-down menu.
Beads are optional but will be included in your kit. This will add a hint of sparkle to the lace panels.
Nim's shawl used about 250 beads, size 6/0. There are many options to this pattern so your number of beads might vary. Here is what Nim wrote when I queried her:
Bead numbers could vary wildly with this one depending on how much lace is used compared to body section, by mine used about 250 beads, where roughly half the yardage was lace.
So what we are going to do is include one 25g container of beads in each kit -- that will give you about 300 beads.
If you want more (35 grams will give you a bit more than 400 beads) for a slight addtional charge, there is that option via the drop-down menu above.
The pattern can be worked from written instructions or from charts with some notes.
We also want to be sure you realize that this kit does not automatically include the pattern. The kit is for the yarn plus beads, with a few options for getting the pattern.
We recommend that the best way to get this pattern is via Nim's Raverly page. This puts a copy in your Ravelry library and ensures you get any updates right away.
However, should that not work for you for any reason, I can print out a hard copy for you or alternatively, I can email it directly. Just contact us and we will set that up for you.