By Andree Beddoe, Surfing is a most unique knit with a new way of adding beads -- or in this case, glorious fire polish crystals.
Get the pattern directly from Andree's Ravelry page. The kit on this web page consists of yarn and crystals (or beads) only.
Here is what Andree says about the piece:
Surfing is an oblong shawl knit in the round. The shape is obtained by applying a large number of increases along the center spine to elongate it.
I use a fun and unique beaded increase to accomplish the shaping. I also use a unique technique to insert beads at the inner border.
Finally, the shawl is finished with an I-Cord bind-off to provide a modern and fresh look.
The design does require that one use either the Magic Loop method or knit on two circular needles to achieve the shape of the shawl.
The Yarn and Colorways
We put together quite different yarns and colors than the original ones that Andree used. You can see what we offer in the inset photos on the top picture and again right below that.
From Schoppel, this is the new Jeans Ball of 75% wool/ 25% nylon and 459 yards per 100g ball. The colorway is Hollerbeere and is a lovely mix of varying tonalities of purpl, dark to light, plus some cream.
With it we are pairing a brand-new yarn from Kelbourne Woolens, Andorra. This is a 60% merino/ 20% highland wool/ 20% mohair yarn with 185 yards/ 50 g. This colorway is called Cloud Gray and is a lovely medium gray with just a whisper of lilac to it.
A Kit A will include one Jeans Ball and three skeins of Andorra so you can be sure of having enough yarn (plus beads).
From Malabrigo, this is Mechita 9(100% merino superwash with 420 yards/ 100g) in the colorway called Illusion. This is a gorgeous variegated look of great depth including varying purples and violets and greys and some golden brown.
We pair this with a skein of Breathless from Shalimar Yarns, with 75% superwash merino/ 15% cashmere/ 10% silk and 420 yards. The colorway is Sand Dollar, a lovely solid hue of sandy ecru.
Kit B will consist of one skein of this Mechita and one of Breathless (plus beads).
From Ella Rae Lace Merino, this fingering weight yarn has 460 yards/ 100g and consists of 100% wool The colorway is vibrantly variegated, including rich purple, violet, fuchsia, pink, lime and turquoise.
To contrast with it, we have chosen a tweeded yarn, from Debbie Bliss, called Fine Donegal (95% merino/ 5% cashmere and 415 yards/ 100g ball). The colorway is Sky and is a mostly pale blue with some flecks of lighter and some of darker.
Kit C will have one skein of the Ella Rae and one of the Sky (plus beads).
The pattern calls for 56 8mm and 120 6mm Firepolish Crystals. I scattered a few on the yarn photos to give you a basic idea.
Now fire polish crystals look awesome but bear in mind that the holes in those beads are rather small. The end look will be phenomenal but it might be a bit of a hassle to achieve.
In the pattern, as an alternative the designer also suggests one could instead use large seed beads, sizes 2/0 or 3/0 if so desired. So if you would rather have those those, let me know -- we have them in stock and can substitute those if you want them.
Unless you tell me differently each kit will include fire polish crystals selected to work well with the yarn colors you have chosen.
Reminder! Get the pattern directly from Andree's Ravelry page.