j kolette beckert has created a simply stunning shawl. Called Mallorn, it is a symphony of leaves and beads, put together beautifully.
Please be sure to get your pattern from Kolette directly on her Ravelry page. What we have put together are sets of yarn and beads that you can use to knit this striking piece.
To quote the designer:
This shawl is reminiscent of lying on the grass and looking up at a forest canopy. Imagine the cool green shade of a summer day.
Note that the pattern allows you to choose to knit Mallorn either of two shapes, a Half Circle and a Crescent.
The size is dependent upon your gauge, yarn and yardage and, of course, the number of rows that you knit.
Yarn and Colorways
We did not put together kits using the same yarn that Kolette used in her original piece.
The top photo on this page shows the shawl as test-knit by RadicalWeft (Rav name) and is used with her permission. This is not (!) the same yarn as what we offer here -- you can see our yarns in the inset photos below that. I chose this photo as it shows the beading so well and also the loveliness achieved with a gradiently dyed yarn.
The sample of the smaller Crescent shawl was knit in a fingering weight yarn and used about 550 yards (500 m) of yarn plus1,625 beads. The photo after the ones of our yarns (so the 5th on this page) shows the Crescent shawl as knit by ftmhling (Rav name) and shown with her permission. This sample was knit for 120 rows and a wingspan of 40“ (102 cm) and a depth of 18“ (45 cm).
The Crescent Shaped Shawl is the one that you can make with one of our kits here.
Note that your size will vary depending on your gauge, of course (and note also that you will have about 100 yards more to use with our kit than the sample shawl described above).
The yarn we chose is from Trendsetter. Called Paradigm, each cake is made up of 95% Merino, 5% Poly Metallic and gives 660 yards + or - per 150g. The metallic threads are soft and silver in tone.
We have three colorways you can choose from.
Pink Pansy (colorway #11) is a delicate blend of pink blending gradually into a baby blue. (Sorry, out of stock.)
Waterford Rose (colorway #2) shows a lovely rosy lilac gradually changing into wisteria and then a pansy purple.
Blue Lagoon plays with blues from a soft grey-blue (summer clouds perhaps?) into a soft sky blue into a deeper lake blue. (Sorry, out of stock.)
There are quite a few beads that would look great with these. Silver is the most obvious choice as it would pick up the silvery threads throughout the yarn. Or we could go with a bead that mirrors one of the colors in the yarn colorway.
The kit will include about 140 grams of size 6/0 beads which will give you a bit more than the needed 1,625 (closer to 1,680 beads so you will have a nice cushion).
If you have a preference, tell me. Otherwise I will choose for you.
If you would prefer to knit the larger Half-Circle shawl (the one shown was knit with 224 rows and measures 72“ (184 cm) wingspan and a depth of 36“ (92 cm)) you will need about three times as much yarn and about double the number of beads (the sample knit used 1531 yds (1400 m) of yarn and 3105 beads). You can, of course, simply order three kits from this web page. Or contact me and I'll work with you on putting something together.