I just had to do a new kit for this design -- this one is totally awesome.
A beauty by Nim Teasdale, Radiata is a striking beaded shawl that just sings of the warmer seasons to come..
With the gorgeous Gradiance sets of yarn by The Unique Sheep + unique mixes of the beads -- well, this is pretty darn special. Read on more more data.
This is what Nim writes:
Radiata is inspired by the spiraling form in the centre of a sunflower, and by an absurdly cheerful cake of yarn which was a gift from a friend, like a sunbeam in the grey depths of winter.
The design uses a spiraling wedge shape which increases in gradually expanding leaves that radiate sideways out from the centre to form a generous crescent.
*The pattern can be worked in 4 sizes, and the edging continued to any size to use up any remaining yarn.
*Pattern rows on the right side only.
*The pattern can be worked entirely from either the written pattern or charts.
*Adaptable to a range of yarn weights from lace to DK.
We are not offering kits using the same yarn as Nim used in her original shawl. Ours can be seen in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that. The photos of Nim's piece are here to show you the design and allow you to use your imagination.
Nim writes in the pattern that this design can be easily worked with a variety of yarn weights, from the light lace up to DK weight, anywhere between 437 - 875 yards (400 - 800 m). Nim knit hers (photos of which you see on this page) of a lace weight yarn, about 440 yards.
The Yarn and Colorways
I took a look at the Project Pages for this beauty and noticed that the shawls that really appealed to me were knit in gradiently dyed yarns. And so I thought that Gradiance sets from The Unique Sheep would be perfect for this.
Kelly and I brought in a brand-new yarn which we named Squish! It is composed of a blend of 60% merino/ 20% alpaca/ 20% nylon with a delicious squishiness to it (hence the name) and a softness and warmth combined with the memory characteristic of the wool aspect.
As it is plied, it will show the stitch work beautifully.
Each set consists of 6 skeinettes of 25 grams each with 109 yards, totalling 654 yards of a lovely Gradiance.
A vibrant contrast skein, same yarn but in a 50g skein (about 218 yards) to add where you would like -- I can see the contrast skein as a dramatic bind-off or even as lovely lines throughout the shawl to dramatize the shape and style. The choice is yours.
So you will have a total yardage of about 871 yards (about 796m).
Our Kit: Here the Gradiance set is a section from our Once In A Blue Moon colorway, skeins 1 to 6. It runs from blue into indigo into violet into royal purple.
Here the contrast skein is a delicious Light Gray, perfect to highlight and outline the cool Blue Moon.
As I mentioned above, there are a lot of options for this shawl. I've been emailing back and forth to Nim about this.
What we worked out is that the smallest size needs about 150 beads, or closer to 200 beads if one choses to bead the edge as well. And a larger size, using about the full amount of yarn you will get in this kit would use about 199 beads without the extra beading on the edge.
And when I looked at the Project Pages I found a number of knitters who made real beauties using up to 500 beads!
It is truly up to you.
And so to give you lots of choices of where to put them, each kit will include roughly 45 grams of 6/0 beads, or about 540 beads, + or -.
And if you would like a mix of beads to scatter about, that option is in the drop-down menu. I am thinking (as an example) for Kit A mixing silver lined crystal, silver lined crystal AB, sparkling pewter lined crystal, and silver lined orange AB.
Tell me any color preference(s) you have; otherwise I wil choose for you.
Note also that the kit will not automatically include the pattern.
We recommend that you get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Nim via her Ravelry web page. In this case set the drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed" and get the pattern via Ravelry and Nim. This will ensure that you receive any and all updates as well.
Of course, if you would prefer a printed copy, we can do that. In that case, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that.
We also can email the pattern to you(just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do so right before I ship your kit).