Prince Edward Island/ Beaded Kits/ Color Choices

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Lilac (notice the lilac flowers in the upper right-hand corner?) :-)
Lilac (notice the lilac flowers in the upper right-hand corner?) :-)
Pink (and those are lady-slippers in the upper left-hand corner)
Pink (and those are lady-slippers in the upper left-hand corner)
One of Anne-Lise's original pieces, this one is in Lilac.
One of Anne-Lise's original pieces, this one is in Lilac.
Her original in white.
Her original in white.

A real beauty,  Prince Edward Island is a creation by Anne-Lise Maigaard of LittleGreenDragon Designs and is simply lovely.

The Design

Here is how Anne-Lise describes it:

This is the sixth Canadian province to get it’s own shawl design through the LittleGreenDragon.

The provincial flower of Prince Edward Island is the orchid called “The Lady’s Slipper”, and this flower adorns both the center and the edges of this lacy shawl. The shawl even has a shape that resembles the island, with a center and two wings stretching out.

...The shawl is worked in the round from the center out until final width is reached. Then the two sides are extended to form the ”wings”. No grafting needed. Sides can be worked straight as in the white shawl shown, or at an angle to form a V-shaped shawl.

This is a most intriguing piece.

The finished size is 28 inches (70 cm) wide, 60 inches (180 cm) long when worked as written. 

The Yarn

Anne-Lise used 2 skeins of Zitron Filisilk, 70% merino 30% silk, 656 yards (600 m) / 100g --- she needed 160 g for the white shawl as shown.

This is the exact yarn that we have for these kits though we did not bring in white, as Anne-Lise used for her original.  You can see our colors in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.

Each kit will include two skeins of whichever colorway you choose.

The Colorways

We brought in two jewel colors for this shawl.

1. Lilac is purely that -- a lovely red-violet shade that has the lovely look reminiscent of those flowers as they bloom in spring.

2. Pink is really a deep rose color.  This is the lovely color you see in the Lady Slipper Orchid.  (Sorry, out of stock)

The Beads

Beads are optional.  However, should you choose to use them, what is needed for this shawl is seed beads of size 8/0: 176 beads for the center flowers, and 400 beads for each repeat of the flower motifs.

That means 576 seed beads in all for the white shawl as written.  

The lilac one you see on this page used far more beads (976) and Anne-Lise mentions that there were still other places that could have taken beads.  

And you might also like some drop beads 3.4 mm or magatamas 4 mm for the picots, according to taste. If you would like this you will need 250 drop beads for the white shawl as written.

Your kit will include one 35 gram container of size 8/0 beads -- that will give you about 1,400 beads, which leaves you with lots of options.

If you decide you would like to add some magatamas, take a look at our current selection here or contact me for ideas. Note that these drop beads or magatamas will not automatically be included as part of the kit (though more than enough 8/0 beads will be definitely included in your kit).

The beads might be of a contrasting color or a color to blend more with the yarns. If you have a preference, let me know. Otherwise I will choose for you.  

The Pattern

Anne-Lise rates this design as for medium to advanced knitters. The directions are charts only.

Note also that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Anne-Lise via her Ravelry web page. In that case, make sure the drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed."

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, then the "Pattern" drop-down menu should be set to that.

We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and usually do that right before your kit is shipped).

Let me make it clear that if I email you the pattern, it will not be added to your Ravelry library; if that is where you would like it saved, then please get it directly from Anne-Lise as noted above.

Make sure that both drop-down menus are set as you would like before you check out.

This is really beautiful.