Oh my goodness gracious!
By Anna Victoria (aka RainFlower on Ravelry), this one is simply gorgeous.
Please note that you must must must get the pattern for this Mermaid Lair Lace Shawl via Anna's Ravelry page. What we offer here is yarn alone to use to knit this gorgeous piece.
Anna writes that this is a top-down Crescent shape shawl, beaded.
There are Three Variations included: you might knit it in plain lace, fancy lace and stockinette stitch body.
The sample that you see on this page was knit in handspun in light fingering, but since the pattern is resizable, it is possible to use anything from Gossamer to DK.
Really, the gauge is not important unless trying to fit into certain yardage.
Bear in mind however, that the pattern is written as charts only. There is no line by line description available.
The original shawl was knit using aoub 656 yards (600m) of fingering weight yarn. The pattern has been written so that you can use any weight yarn from a very fine gossamer lace to a heavier DK.
Our kits offer a delcious lace weight yarn.
Note that this is not the same as the yarn that Anna used in her original piece. You can see our yarn in the inset photo on the top picture and again right below that. The other photos (used with the Anna's permission) are there to show you the design.
The Yarn and Colorways
From the dye pots of The Unique Sheep, we offer some lovely Gradiance sets in Sea Silk. This yarn is 51% silk/ 29% merino/ 20% Seacell ® -- it has a wonderful glow to it.
Each set is made up of four smaller skeins, each 219 yards/ 25g. So your total per set is 100g, about 880 yards + or -.
We brought in a few colorways, some similar to what Anna used and some, well some not at all.
Dragon Fire will give a look that is vibrant and rich -- just what I like during the cold dark days of winter. Here rich cool red gradually changes into a more fiery red-orange.
Mikado reminds me of the flowers of Spring. Yellow greens deepen into true greens and gradually change into purple.
Windy Sea is a take on blues and teals, ranging from a soft teal into blue and with a whispered suggestion of lilac.
Anna suggests beads to match the weight of yarn and in this case that means size 8/0.
The number of beads needed is very variable as there are so many choices for the shawl itself. If you look at the Pattern Pages you will get an idea of how many were used in the test knitting.
Each kit will include a 35g container of 8/0 beads or about 1,400 beads. This seems to cover what was used in most of the projects though if you want more, contact us and we'll work it out with you.
If you have a preference on bead color, tell me. Otherwise I will choose for you. I tend to like beads which mirror to some degree one or more colors in the yarn set.
Please note that the pattern is not included in this particular Kit.
You must purchase it directly from Anna's Ravelry Store which will place the pattern in your Library to ensure you have access to updates and pattern support.