A wonderful new pattern by Bev of Boo Knits, this marvelous design allows you to make a lovely beaded shawl using only 400 m of lace weight (or fingering weight) yarn plus about 300 beads.
Bev tells a lovely story of how it got its name:
She writes, "We are very much a 'glass half-full' family and always called the shafts of light through dark clouds 'Angel's Fingers' or 'Rainshine'. The ultra-dramatic points on the edges of the shawl, glistening with beads, remind me of those Angel's Fingers, shining and reaching towards the ground."
Rainshine is a little crescent shaped shawl which is worked from the top down and has been designed to be knit in laceweight yarn -- you end up with a fine and open lace with beads that float in the fabric like little raindrops.
Such a wonderful vision.
This pattern has been specifically written for a 400m skein of yarn in lace weight though it is very easy to make it larger. And Bev mentions that it can also be knit in fingering weight -- a less lacy effect will be produced. If you would prefer a larger size then you would need more yardage. (The finished size after agressive blocking of the one you see here is roughly 83" [212 cm] along the top edge and 20.5" [52 cm] deep) Bev points out that with a stocking stitch body and repeatable lace section you will have no trouble at all knitting your shawl to a size and combination that suits you.
This pattern includes both a chart and written instructions.
The pattern also calls for 300 beads -- Bev suggests size 6/0s though to be honest, I often prefer the lighter and smaller 8/0s with lace weight yarn. The 6/0s are more dramatic though and will stand out beautifully.
Fun and beautiful! What a combination....