Snowberry/ Kits with Bead Option

Price: $29.99
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To show you the original shawl, © Ilona Dmitrieva
To show you the original shawl, © Ilona Dmitrieva

Oh wow and wow again!

This is a gorgeous lace design, and perfect as a project to brighten the dark days of winter.

Please get your pattern directly from the designer on her Ravelry page here. What we offer from this web page is yarn and the option of getting beads as well. 


By Ilona Dmitrieva, the Snowberry Lace Shawl is a semicircular lace shawl worked from the center back of the neck down to the border.

It is a stunning masterpiece of stitchwork, designed for intermediate to advanced knitters, with pattern stitches on the right-side rows only. 

Yarn and Colorways

The original piece, that you see here, was knit (by  Galina Borisova) using two strands of cobweb lace yarn held together and used about 844 yards (773 m).   This gave finished measurements of 170 cm (67”) along the wingspan and 80 cm (31.5”) depth, measured after blocking.

Ilona does point out that the finished size depends on your yarn choice, the needle size and your individual manner of knitting. Gauge is not important for this project but will affect the finished shawl's size and yardage requirements.

What we are offering is a lovely heavy lace weight yarn from Shibui.  This is Cima, 70% baby alpaca/30% fine merino, with 328 yards (300m) per 50g skein.  

Thus, if my math is correct, to make a similarly-sized shawl in this heavy-lace-weight yarn instead of a doubled-cobweb-weight you would only need two skeins of Cima.  And that is what you will get in this kit. 

If you would like the insurance of a third skein, just let me know and we'll work that out with you. 

We have two lovely shades of gray to offer for this piece:

Ash is a soft silvery gray.  (Sorry, sold out)

Graphite is a darker not-quite-charcoal gray.  

Beads Perhaps?

The design as written in this pattern does not include beads but this pattern certainly would look awesome with some beads outlining the leaves and flowers. 

Of course you will have to decide for yourself where to put the beads and how many to use. 

We offer the option of getting a 35g container of 8/0s -- that's about 1,400 beads.  Make your selection via the drop-down menu labeled "Kits" to get the yarn alone or the beads as part of this kit. 

Personally I like the idea of Silver Lined Crystal and Silver Lined Crystal AB beads.  With the Ash colorway, they will blend a bit more, like sunlight glinting off the snow; with the Graphite colorway they will stand out more dramatically, stars in a night sky.  

There are others I like too.  If you have a preference for bead color, tell me.  Otherwise I will choose for you.