Laura Aylor shares the story of her Faberge'
shawl..."I fell in love with the Scale Quilting stitch a dozen years ago when I
was working on a Learn-to-Knit Afghan from Barbara Walker’s book of the same
name. Now, 12 years, many afghans, shawls, and sweaters later, I’ve gone back to
it to make a feminine, 2-color shawl. As soon as I thought of adding beads, I
knew what the name of the design needed to be!"
Techniques: decreasing, horizontal braid, slipped stitches,
beading. None of them are difficult, but some are a bit fiddly and any counting
errors will show up, so it is not mindless knitting!
Instructions are included for a small swatch that uses all the
stitch patterns so that you can familiarize yourself with the techniques and try
out your color choices. You need a certain amount of contrast for the overlay to
show up. Aylor cannot stree enough "Please swatch!!! You really don’t want
to decide you aren’t happy with your colors or their placement after knitting
the ruffle and the first braid!"
This shawl is knit from the bottom up, so you get the slow
part (the ruffle) over with while you’re still excited about knitting it. The
overlay section is surprisingly quick, even with the beads, because you slip so
many stitches without working them.
Follow the links after purchase to download this PDF.
Yardage: Kerchief – 200 yards of ruffle/overlay color,
220 yards of background color – total yardage 420
Shawl – 290 yards of ruffle/overlay color, 340 yards of
background color – total yardage 630
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (420 yards/384 meters,
Gauge is not critical but will affect the size of the finished
shawl and the amount of yardage needed.
Measurements: Kerchief - 38” wingspan, 16” deep
Shawl - 56” wingspan, 23” deep
Size 6/0 beads: 174 for the kerchief, 312 for the shawl, plus
9 for the swatch