We wanted to resurrect (pun not intended but pretty apt) this oh-so-very-lovely Renaissance Shawl by Anne-Lise Maigaard.
This shawl began its life as a Mystery Knit Along which had been created by Anne-Lise Maigaard of Little Green Dragon Knits.
This is a beautiful beaded shawl, the finished shape of which is less than a full circle though more than a semi-circle. It is knit from the neck down, using either a heavy lace weight or a light fingering weight yarn and uses a simple crochet bind-off.
The original yarn that Anne-Lise used in her original was Filisilk from Zitron, a heavy lace weight with 656 yards (600 meters) per 100 grams (3.53 ounces).
It is a lovely yarn, of 70% Merino / 30% Silk.
And all that is needed to make this beauty is one skein!
We offer different colors than that which Anne-Lise chose for her original. You can see them in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that. The other photos are of the neutral colored shawl which Anne-Lise knit -- it is there to show you the design and to make it easier to imagine it in one of our colorways.
We have 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. Teal is a beautiful blue-green, just a bit darker than turquoise and sings of summer evenings. (sorry, sold out)
Anne-Lise leaves open quite a few options for the beads -- truly "knitter's choice" here.
Using size 8/0 beads, you might choose to add 252 beads for the first beaded section, 552 beads for the second and 178 beads for the edge.
If you would like to bead the entirety, then you will need 982 beads.
Bear in mind thought that beads can be left out: you can choose to bead only one or two sections exactly as you wish.
Each kit will include a minimum of 1,000 size 8/0 beads.
The beads might be of a contrasting color (Silver Lined Crystals always look awesome, like tiny stars) or a color to blend more with the yarns (perhaps a S/L Capri Blue for the Teal one or one of our lovely amethyst beads for the Lilac). If you have a preference, let me know. Otherwise I will choose for you.
You will need a thin (0.8mm or thinner) crochet hook or one of the smaller sizes of the bead feeders or the Verna-X Beadle Needles. This will make for much ease in adding the beads.
Anne-Lise rates this design as for medium to advanced knitters. The directions are charts only. However, written explanations are provided for the rows containing more than purl sts.
Plus you should be aware that the bind-off is done with crochet. There are some great videos to help with this if needed.
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.
Make your choices from the drop-down menus.
These will be most lovely indeed.