Marigold/ Beaded Kits/ 2 Choice MadTosh Prairie

Price: $28.85
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Another song to Spring and Summer!


Marigold is a stunning stole by Susanna IC, originally seen in the 2012 publication Sock Report.


Here I quote Susanna about the pattern itself: Marigold is inspired by the happy little flower that brightens so many summer gardens. Just like its namesake, this stole features many small petals at the center together with larger leaves along the borders while beads shimmer along the edges much like droplets of the morning dew.

The wrap is worked seamlessly from a center temporary cast on down to both ends. The main body is a simple and quick-to-knit leaf lace, which contrasts nicely with the more elaborate border stitches. Optional beading along the edges makes a pretty addition to the knit and adds extra weight and interest to the finished shawl.

Susanna states that all that is needed is either 875 yards of a lace weight yarn or 875 yards of a fingering weight one.

The yarn we have put into kits to make this beauty is not the same as the ones used by Susanna for her original; ours can be seen in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.

This is Prairie, a 100% superwash merino lace weight yarn from Madeline Tosh, with 840 yards per skein. At first I hesitated on putting together kits with this until I took a look at the Project Pages on Ravelry. As this shawl is knit from the center outward, it is easy to modify to work with this just-a-bit-less amount of yarn. And then I noticed as well that quite a few of the lovely finished pieces on Ravelry were done with significantly less yardage and the end results are gorgeous.


Without any further reservations, we present Priaire!

And the colorways --- whoosh! --- they blow me away!

We have the new one called Shire, which is a gorgeous melody of greens -- there are true greens, some olives, some pale greens, and a bunch in between. This is the grasses and leaves of the warm weather, the life force pushing up from the ground and grabbing the sunlight. (I even see a whisper of gold, which makes me feel that gold beads would look awesome on this one.)

The other colorway we offer here is quite different. Night Bloom suggests the coolness of evening, with delicate blossoms releasing their fragrance. This colorway is a blend of varying tones of mauve, of red-violets, some deep and some pale, with a bit of gray tones as well. Restful and rich in a very quiet way.

The shawl requires beads (well, they are optional, but they add so very much, don't you think?). For this beauty, Susanna suggests approximately 250 size 8/0. If you have a preference on your bead color, tell me. Otherwise I will choose for you.

Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. I know some knitters might already have this or prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Susanna via her Ravelry web page. Or if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that. We also can email the pattern to you via email (I generally send this out right before shipping the kit). Just make sure that drop-down menu is set as you would like before you check out.

The photos on this page shows the piece as originally knit by Susanna. The green one (last photo) was knit in a fingering weight yarn by all by Willa (and used with her permission). These are shown so you get a good idea of the design itself.


So each kit will include one skein of Praire in either Shire or Nightbloom, and at least 250 size 8/0 beads or if you prefer, 5/0 triangles or rounds. And the pattern, if you so choose.

Quite a wonderful project. I think you'll be delighted.