Print O' The Bead

April 25 2009 – thisisknit

I always tell people to swatch. It's a bit of a mantra, really... And funnily enough I sometimes even take my own advice :) This time, though, This Time... I have been taking that nugget of knitterly wisdom under serious (and possibly even slightly obsessive) consideration. I spent alot of January and February swatching for my wedding shawl. The pattern that I have chosen, following a previous six months(ish) of investigation and research, is Eunny Jang's Print O'The Wave Stole. It's a beautiful pattern and, if you are a lace fan(atic), you would say it is not the most intricate or difficult of undertakings. I've done my share of lace knitting, and I've settled in nicely to the pattern, so why (I hear you ask) the two months of intense preparation and planning? It's the beads. It's my fascination with and lust for Swarovski crystals. It's that I needed to place them just so... It's that I wanted them peppered throughout the kidsilk, without weighing it down. It's the search through Dublin bead shops for small ones. It's the ordering of 2mm crystal AB rondelles from the USA. It's the fighting to get these tiny beauties onto the cobweb-light kidsilk. It's the dropping, losing and cursing of their miniscule sparkly forms. It's the persevering and the 60 full minutes to do one 12 row repeat... It's the knowing that it's all going to be worth it in the end. Wedding Shawl Five months and counting folks... Wish me luck :)


  • Elana: September 16, 2020
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    I’m with Mary…it’s so much more shimmery, we must get video of it!

  • Eimear: September 16, 2020
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    oooh shiney!
    I’m looking forward to seeing the finished thing. If it helps it took me about 1 1/2 hours per central panel repeat, without beads.

  • Crafty Rainbow Head: September 16, 2020
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    May you have skookles of luck, fortitude and light to find those pesky beads by.

    The shawl is looking wonderful

  • Mary L: September 16, 2020
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    Love the shawl – its even more sparkly in reality……….

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