Oh, this is lovely!
By Amy Swenson (aka Indigirl) comes this beautiful paen to autumn beauty. Having named the shawl design Koyo, here is what Amy has to say:
"Autumn is, without question, my favorite season here in Ontario. The landscape is painted brilliantly in shades of pine, flame orange, and maple red. And even a simple drive in the country has me gasping a little from all the beauty.
"Koyo, the Japanese word for "autumn leaves" is inspired in part by my new home here in Ontario and in part by my first trip to Japan in late November 2000. So late in the year, I was shocked and surprised that the maples around Kyoto were in full, peak, color. I spent a day climbing to the top of one of the temple complexes that overlook the modern city, marveling at the reds and oranges and golds."
Now I just have to stick my two cents in here -- I think this is gorgeous in the autumn colorway that Amy used. But I can also see this looking beautiful in a load of other wonderful hues -- greens and blues and purples and and and and .....You get the idea. So don't limit yourself. All you need is 1,000 yards of lace-weight yarn, needles to get you a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows to 4" in stockinette (after lightly blocking) and a wonderful spirit of fun.
Finished Measurements 70 inches by 34 inches, after blocking
Shown in 'Satsuma's Helen's Lace from Lorna's Laces (50% Wool, 50% Silk; 1250 yards per 4oz)
Needle Size used here was 3.5 mm (US size 4) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge: one 40" (100 cm) circular.
Koyo features a knit-on border and delicate lace insets to mark the corners and center point of the shawl.
This pattern originally appeared as part of the 2010 Year of Lace. What we offer on this webpage is a hard copy of the pattern, printed on card stock in a folio style.