We've talked here before about the fun of diverging a little from the written pattern, and of the loveliness that can result. Well, here's another example. This is an Ashton Shawlette - a pattern by Irish designer Dee O'Keefe and a free download on Ravelry. Our version has a little variation, and we love it as much as the beautiful original. It's made from Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply, and to ensure that it took only one skein, the edging was shortened a little by a few rows. But in compensation, beads! Just look at the effect from adding a sprinkling of beads to the lace pattern on the body of the shawl, and from placing lines of them on the points of the edging scallops. The lace simply glitters! The Ashton Shawlette is an ideal first shawl project, too. Indeed, if you're intrigued by lace, we've got both an introductory and a "next steps" class coming up in the next couple of months - you can find details of both and book your place at this link. You'll be making beautiful things like this shawl in no time at all!