This Delicious Solitude: Gothic Romance/ Beaded Kits

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The wonderful version of Nim's design as knit by Vaire as her Gothic Romance.
The wonderful version of Nim's design as knit by Vaire as her Gothic Romance.

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This features an absolutely wonderful version of the design by Nim Teasdale, This Delicious Solitude

Vaire (Ravelry name) has knitted this using a very special yarn we had brought in from Katia called Infinity Shawl.  She knit the shawl and used extra 4x4 cubes to make the gorgeous version you see here, and which she named Gothic Romance.

What we have on this web page is duplicating Vaire's look with the red-black-purple colorway as shown in her photos.


Details follow....


The Design

Here is what Nim writes about the shawl itself:

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

The yarn we have for these kits is from Katia and named simply Infinity Scarf.  This is a 100% pure merino wool, with 656 yards (600m) per 150 gram (that's roughly 5 1/3 ounces). 

The yarn has been dyed in a very gradually changing gradient of color.

Our kit uses the same yarn and colorway that Gry used.  it blends from a vibrant true red at the outside, slowly adding black and then finally blending into a deep red-violet. 

Vaire tells us that she almost named her shawl Snow White from the story.  She wrote, "Hair black as ebony, skin white as snow, and lips red as blood, according to her mother’s wish!"


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.  The pattern gives you placement for up to 177 beads; Vaire used more. 

  Each kit will automatically include a 25g container of 4x4 cube beads, which will give you rougly 250 cube beads, + or -.  if you want more, let me know and we'll work it out. 

We love the look of the cubes Vaire used which were the red family.  We have some Silver Lined Ruby which will look awesome with the Ruby colorway of yarn.  If you would prefer another color, please let me know.

The Pattern

Nim wrote the pattern so that it is both written and charted. 

The pattern is not automatically part of the kit.

If you wish, you can purchase the pattern directly from Nim on her Ravelry page here. This will save it in your Ravelry library and you will get any updates automatically 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.