This is an absolutely stunning piece, by Hayley Tsang Sather.
The pattern for Simply Peony should be gotten directly via her Ravelry page. What we offer here is yarn and beads for knitting this beautiful creation.
Here is what Hayley writes:
My sister loves peonies and wanted to knit my Niebling adaptation, Peony – Pfingstrose Shawl, but its generous size is too big for her petite stature. She requested a modification that showcased “just the peonies” and Simply Peony was born!
Simply Peony – Pfingstrose (abridged) Shawl is a deep-crescent shaped shawl based on the Herbert Niebling’s pattern of the same name Pfingstrose, Peony in English.
Simply Peony is worked from the top down with increases throughout the body. The original Niebling pattern, in half, is a half circle. I added patterns to the two edges for a softer deep-crescent shape. In order to create this shorter version, I omitted 40+ rows from the original Niebling pattern, eliminated some of the leaves, and modified the remaining leaf shapes.
The result really showcases the peonies, thus its name, Simply Peony.
The Yarn and Colorways
We are not offering the exact yarn or color that Hayley used in her original.
Hayley says for this that fingering weight yarns are best though heavy lace may also be used. The test knitters all used between 600y to 700y / 550m to 640m. If you check the Project Pages, you will see some lovely pieces knit in a heavier lace weight yarn.
What we brought in for this is a heavy lace/ light fingering weight yarn from Juniper Moon Farm called Aine. This is a 100% pure mulberry silk with 327 yards (300m) per 50g skein.
It is just so gorgeous, with the fantastic sheen of silk and a glorious feel to it -- couldn't resist!
Each kit will include two skeins, for a toal of 654 yards (600m).
We brought in two amazing colors, rich and vibrant. Make your choice via the drop-down menu above.
1. Dragon Fruit (great name, isn't it?) is a wondrous wine color. (Sorry, sold out)
2. Tropical Teal is (as its name suggests a lovely blue teal, a turquoise to mirror the Caribbean Sea.
The design does use beads to enhance its glory. She suggests that for a heavy lace weight, one use either size 8/0s or 6/0s and bead all or some of the charts as given here:
Chart A 18 beads
Chart B 9 beads
Chart C 16 beads
Chart D 92 beads
Chart E 20 beads
Chart F 60 beads
Chart G 62 beads
Total 277 beads
What we are going to add to each kit is at least that many 6/0 beads. If you would prefer the smaller 8/0s, just tell me as you check out via the Comments section.
If you have an idea of what color bead you'd like, do let me know. Otherwise I will choose for you.
Reminder! The pattern for Simply Peony should be gotten directly via Hayley's Ravelry page.