My latest design came together rather quickly. I charted it out and swatched during a design class with Sivia Harding, and by that evening I had cast on for the sample. It was a little challenging to work on in my normal manner, since you can’t just pull out your beading supplies anywhere that you can knit. But I was able to get into a rhythm of adding them as I went and it was the most beads I have ever used in a project.
And then, just as I was finishing the sample and focusing on the pattern writing, I received a message from my friend Stephanie at SpaceCadet Creations. She was planning the launch of a new yarn base, and did I have any upcoming patterns that might work well in the yarn. Sometimes timing works extremely well in the fiber world! She sent me a skein and I made a second sample without beads. (This is where I confess that I could have gotten one or two more pairs of lace repeats out of her yarn, but time was of the essence…)
So today we both have launches for you! I am launching the Fascia pattern for sale on Ravelry and SpaceCadet is launching her new Maia yarn base. This incredibly smooth yarn is 80% Bamboo and 20% Merino. I was a little worried when I saw the loose twist that it would be splitty, but I didn’t find it to be tricky to knit with at all. It is light, but the bamboo gives it a lovely drape. In fact, it drapes so well after blocking that I didn’t even pin the lace open while it dried, I just stretched it carefully into shape and left it to dry.
Do note that the fabric will crease temporarily. I had the shawl folded up for a few days before my photography session, and it took some light misting to get the visible fold out at the center of the piece. All the reason to keep wearing your knitting instead of putting it away. ;-)
And without further ado, presenting the Fascia Shawl!
I am forevermore convinced that Japanese stitch dictionaries are awesome. Once I fell in love with the lace panel at the top of the shawl, I looked for an edge to go with it that repeated the columns of faggoting. I included a panel of stockinette in between to show off the variation in the lovely hand painted yarn. (The brighter sample is Baah LaJolla, which is a lovely yarn to work with as well – springy, soft and beautifully dyed.)
The pattern includes common stitches found in lace knitting, with patterning on both sides of the work. The shawl pattern is written in words and represented in charts. The shawl is worked end to end, including increases for the first half and decreases for the remainder. The shawl can be made larger or smaller by weighing the yarn that you have as you go and switching from increasing to decreasing when approximately half of your yarn is used. Beads are added as you knit (they are not pre-strung) and their use is optional.
18 sts and 28 rows = 4“ (10 cm) in stockinette after blocking.
60″ (152.5 cm) long x 18″ (45.75 cm) wide at center, measured after blocking. Instructions are included to use as much yarn as you have.
Needle and Hook:
U.S. Size 4 (3.5 mm) needle or size needed to produce noted gauge
U.S. Size 14 (0.8 mm) hook for beading (optional)
Tapestry Needle, Scissors, Blocking wires, Blocking pins, Blocking board, 2 stitch markers, and magnets or other tool to keep track of chart rows.
Yarn and Beads:
Blue Beaded Sample: Baah LaJolla,
100% Superwash Merino, 400 yds/100g
1 skein, “Maldives” colorway, Used approximately 400 yds
Approximately 223 size (~20g) 6/0 seed beads (Miyuki).
Icy Blue & Green Sample: SpaceCadet Creations Maia,
80% Bamboo, 20% Superwash Merino, 400 yds/100g
1 skein, Shown in a one-of-a-kind SpaceCadet colorway,
Sample used approximately 325 yds
Good Substitutions – Any sock or fingering weight yarn in wool or a wool-blend. A sock yarn with 25% nylon content may not drape or block open as easily, so consider going up a needle size or two in this case. A handspun yarn in wool or wool-blend in a fingering weight should work well, too.