A lovely design by Nim Teasdale, This Delicious Solitude is a joy to knit.
Here is what Nim writes:
Solitude is a beaded, crescent shaped shawl, designed with the joy of quiet time in mind.
Sometimes there is nothing more enjoyable than curling up with some beautiful yarn and intricate, but not too complex, lace.
This is a crescent shaped shawl, with inbuilt shaping in the transition to lace, which gives a generous flare to the edging, and creates a longer shape with less depth, perfect for wrapping and elegant draping.
The edging uses a variation of a stitch pattern by Naomi Parkhurst of Gannet Designs, based on the word Solitude, and is perfect for a big night in, hiding at home with some yarn. Or a special night out, looking glamorous and serene, if your cup of solitude happens to be full. :)
Optional beading adds a subtle sparkle to the lace.
Both the body pattern and the edging lace sections are repeatable, allowing the shawl to be adapted to a range of yardages.
Suits lace to fingering weight yarn.
Can be worked entirely from the written pattern, or from charts with notes.
The Yarn and Colorways
Nim writes also that the pattern suits lace to fingering weight, and has some flexibility as to yardage.
The pattern is written as approx 3/5 of a circle, however it can be adapted to alter the number wedges and use more or less yarn. She covers this on her project notes. Plus the final 30 rows are an optional extension - you can bind off on any row throughout this section and still have a decorative edge.
Her original shawl as shown here used 608m (665y) of a fingering weight yarn and measures 138x65cm (55x25in) after blocking.
Now, our yarns are not the same as what Nim used. You can see our kits in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.
Our kits include sets of fingering weight yarn, hand-painted by The Unique Sheep (TUS).
The yarn is Verve, a 100% superwash merino yarn. Each set is composed of six smaller skeins (100 yards/ 25g) that together equals 150g or about 600 yards. The colors are designed so that they gradually blend one into the next.
The colorway is called Mary Queen of Scots and goes from a rosy pink into lilac into violet and then blue.
The number of beads you will need is very very variable, depending on where you decide to put them, how many repeats you use, and the like.
For Nim's original one, she put beads in the central repeat only on her first repeat, beaded the three central repeats on her second time through and the five central repeats on her third. She only used a total of 27 beads.
She tells me that to bead every repeat as per pattern, assuming starting lace when she did, would use under 200 beads, for three full repeats of the lace.
Well, you might like more. Each kit will automatically include a 20g container of size 6/0 beads, which will give you about 240 beads.
If you would like a bit more, a 35g container is an option via one of the drop-down menus above. The 35 gram container will hold between 400 and 420 beads.
Nim wrote the pattern so that it is both written and charted.
The pattern is not automatically part of the kit.
You can purchase the pattern directly from Nim on her Ravelry page here. This will ensure your pattern is saved in your Ravelry library and that you will get any updates as well. In this case, set the drop-down menu above to "No Pattern Needed."
Or you might ask us to print it out for you and include it with your yarn -- in that case, set the drop-down menu to Printed Copy.
Alternatively I can email you the pattern; it won't be saved in your Ravelry library but you will have it and can save it where you choose. For this, choose PDF File on the drop-down "Pattern" menu. Just bear in mind that it is not automatic -- I have to send it and usually do that right before shipping the kit.