May 18 2012 – thisisknit
We've had Araucania's Botany Lace in stock for a while, and we've mentioned it on the blog before. It's a very popular yarn, with lovely subtle variegation and fantastic meterage. But when, earlier this week, we got to see two really beautiful shawls made from it, we just had to share them with you. The first is a Luna Moth, designed by Shui Kuen Kozinski. It's got over a thousand examples knitted on Ravelry, and it's both gorgeous and very easy. It's an ideal beginner's pattern: it's both written and charted, and you can modify the size very easily. And just look at how the pattern works with the Botany Lace's shade variation (this is colourway 1651: Another very popular shawl for new lace knitters is Kate Ray's Multnomah. Isn't this a very handsome specimen? This is shade 1654). The beginning of this is simple garter stitch, so you'll have plenty of relaxing practice at triangular shawl construction by the time you get to the gentle Feather and Fan lace border. Multnomah's also both written and charted, and again like Luna Moth, the pattern is a free download. Neither pattern takes more than a single skein of Botany Lace, and both make unique and beautiful accessories. The only question, really, is: which pattern, and which shade? Now, if you'll excuse us, we've got a busy weekend coming up: tomorrow, AoibheNÃ's giving a Tunisian Lace Crochet workshop, and on Sunday Carol Feller's presenting a top-down sweater workshop called "Moving Beyond the Raglan". Both have been booked out for ages, but we'd love to have both of them back again as soon as we can, so keep a sharp eye both here and on our Classes and Events page.