Six Shells: Beaded Kits

Price: $64.66
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Kit A: Aldebaran + Tar
Kit A: Aldebaran + Tar
Kit B: Kleiner Fuchs + Graphite
Kit B: Kleiner Fuchs + Graphite
Krisitina's original piece.
Krisitina's original piece.

Only one kit left!

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A beautiful design -- we have put together kits for this in the past and it has been singing to me for a while that it would like another time in the sun!  :-)

The design is lovely and I really like combining a long color repeat yarn with a solid or close-to-solid. 

The Design

Here is how Kristina Vilimaite, the amazing designer,  describes this Six Shells wrap: 

This wide and long stole is cosy and dreamy at the same time. It showcases waves, cockleshells, sea foam and amber drops — like a beautiful sea...

The shawl is knit in two pieces of different length that are then grafted. Where the pieces are joined the waves crash, and sea foam appears crowned by two lines of amber-like beads. The sea foam lace helps to preserve the curves of the cockleshells and hides the grafting location.

Yum!

The Yarn 
Kristina suggests that one use lace or light fingering weight, perhaps combining solid and gradient yarns. She recommends long colour repeats as better for the cockleshell pattern, while shorter color repeats or solid tones would work better for the stockinette waves. 

If one uses roughly 920 m (1006 yds) of main color and 180 m (197 yds) for contrasting colorway, then the finished measurements will be about 186 cm (73”) long x a width of 50 cm (20”).  Well, I also checked the Project Pages for this beauty.  And it looks like the vast majority of knitters made a very substantial piece with a lot (a lot) less yardage.  

So I went hunting and came up with some ideas.

Our kits do not use the same yarns nor the same colorways that Kristina used in her original piece.  You can see ours in the inset photo on the top picture and again below that.

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Kit A: (Sorry, sold out)

1.  Zauberball is 75% virigin wool/ 25% nylon with 459 yards(420 meters) / 100g ball.  This colorway is called Aldenbaran and is a sophisticated series of colors including cream blending into grey into antique rose into deep magenta. 

Two balls will be in each kit, giving you 918 yards of this yarn with its loooooooooong color runs.

2. The contrast colorway is yarn from Shibui, a discontinued one called Birch.  Birch is made up of 100% extrafine merino and has 262 yards (239m)/ 50g skein.   This colorway is Tar, a very deep almost-solid charcoal. 

One skein will be in each kit.

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Kit B:

1. Crazy Zauberball is made up of the same fibers and with the same yardage as Zauberball, the difference being that it is a plied yarn with each plie being dyed a different color giving it more of a marled look.  

Here is how the Skacel folks put it: " Zauberball® has been kicked up a notch, as two strands of the main ply have been dyed individually and then twisted together for a crazy combination! The end result is a self-striping multi-colored pattern, with a bold variegated design! "

This colorway is a bright one named Kleiner Fuchs (Little Fox).  I see gold and orange, teal and green and purple in a wonderfully happy combination.

2. Birch again, this time in Graphite, a somewhat lighter grey with a touch of blue to it.  a

Beads 

216 beads are used (optional). Kristina used the small 3.4mm drop beads for this but her yarn was lace weight.

For these yarns the size 6/0 beads will be excellent.  Alternatively the similarly size 4mm megatamas would look very fine indeed with their off-center hole giving the look of tiny dew drops.  

Your kit will include a minimum of 20 grams (that's about 240) size 6/0 beads or 4mm megatamas. 

There are lots of colors of beads that will look excellent.  I find I prefer it when the beads mirror to some degree the colors in the yarns.  If you have a preference, let me know.  Otherwise I will choose for you.  

The Pattern

The pattern is fully written; the cockleshell lace pattern is also charted. An included photo tutorial illustrates how to work the cockleshell lace stitch.

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 Kristina via her Ravelry web page. In that case, set the Pattern drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed."

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the drop-down menu is 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 generally do that right before shipping your kit.

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