Shabby Chic: Pre-Order: Beaded Shawl Kits

Tea & Scones colorway
Tea & Scones colorway
Rose Garden colorway
Rose Garden colorway
The yarn set for Rose Garden.
The yarn set for Rose Garden.
The set for the teal colorway, Tea & Scones.
The set for the teal colorway, Tea & Scones.
Price: $109.00
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Special notice:

After 15 years with The Unique Sheep, Kelly is retiring at the end of this year. Kelly is the amazing dyeing who creates the colors for these kits.

We still have a few months before Kelly retires and during that time we will continue to take these dyed-to-order requests.

If you have been considering this kit, you would be best served not putting it off. We will be bringing in a very limited number of "in stock" kits as the time gets closer but to be sure of getting what you want, now is the time.  


This is a pre-order.  You can order the colorway that appeals to you and we will have the yarn dyed especially for you.  Figure on 4 to 6 weeks for your kit to be ready.


This was our twelfth EarthFaire Club offering.  


The Design

This is a stunning beaded shawl design by Pam Jemelian.

Here is what she wrote about it: 

I am a romantic at heart and adore historically based dramas like Downton Abbey.  Set in the early 1900’s, the costuming and romance sweeps me away. 

When I decided to design the Shabby Chic Shawl, it was with visions of the women on the expansive green lawns having tea surrounded by lilacs, roses and hydrangea. 

Unabashedly feminine, muted pink and mint green vintage color palettes, tea cups and scones with clotted cream and strawberries, and lace petticoats and parasols, this shawl is sure to be a first pick for any garden tea party! 

I wanted more than one color for the shawl and decided on a graduating ombre palette that starts at the lightest color on the top and becomes darker as the shawl grows with the darkest color being added just before casting off. 

Crescent in shape, I used German Short Rows to separate the darkening shades which are also accented with a contrasting color, and 3 floral lace inserts with beading to really make the shawl unique. 

This shawl is something you would be thrilled to find in Grandma’s attic, but you will be glad you had the fun of knitting it instead. 


The Yarn

The original yarn was Verve2, 100% Superwash merino fingering weight, again happily available.

Each kit includes a Gradiance Set (colors described below) composed of  six skeins of 30 grams each (that will give you about 720 yards in the Gradiance) + a Contrast Color skein of 100g (about 400 yards) for a total of about 1,180 yards. 

(This will be more than you need.  We went back and forth on this a bit as yardage varies with gauge and decided it is much much much (much!) better to have a bit extra than the alternative.)

The Colorways

This piece offers your choice between two new and exclusive colorways specially designed by Pam with some help from myself and of course form Kelly (of The Unique Sheep).  

The idea here was to create two palettes that both reflect Pam's idea of very feminie, somewhat muted, English-ish, and vintage. 

One is a lovely gentle gradient of pink and rose.  We are calling it Rose Garden.

And the other a gentle gradiently changing set of green-teals, named Tea and Scones

Both come with a contrast color of a gray, specially dyed to work well with the colors of the Gradiance.  

The photos on this page show them well. 

The Beads

Pam judiciously set beads in amongst the design in a really lovely way.  All that is needed is 191 size 6/0 beads, so each kit will include approximately 20g which will give you roughly 240 beads. 

For the rose set, Pam used Miyuki's Duracoat Galanized Hot Pink and for the teal set our marvelous test knitter Heike used Miyuki's Duracoat Galvanized Sea Foam. 

Both colors of beads stand out without yelling and fit in with the overall look beautifully.  

These are what will be with your kit or very close -- there are a number of other ones that I really like and pick up the colors in the shawl.  If you have a strong idea of what would suit you best, tell me.  Otherwise I will choose for you. 



You will be able to get the pattern on Pam's Ravelry page.   This will give you a copy in your Ravelry library and you will automatically get any updates. In this case, set the drop-down menu above to "No Pattern Needed."

If you would prefer a printed copy or a PDF via email, please select that option via the "Pattern" drop-down menu. The PDF file will be emailed right before your kit is shipped.


This is a real beauty.  And a fun knit as well.....