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Tyrian by Sivia Harding is a top-down
triangle shawl in 2 sizes is worked in regal geometric, textured lace patterns.
Beads are placed using the add-as-you-go crochet hook method.
Harding was inspired with this very special color..."Tyrian
purple (Greek, πορφύρα, porphyra, Latin: purpura), also known as royal purple,
imperial purple or imperial dye, is a reddish-purple natural dye, which is a
secretion produced by certain species of predatory sea snails in the family
Muricidae, a type of rock snail by the name Murex. This dye was possibly first
used by the ancient Phoenicians as early as 1600 BCE. The dye was greatly prized
in antiquity because the colour did not easily fade, but instead became brighter
with weathering and sunlight. It was historically used for royal clothing."
Dream yourself royal as you enjoy knitting this lovely beaded shawl!
Bead requirements: Size 6/0 seed beads, 286 (462)
Yarn: 400-800 yards fingering. Shown in Abstract Fiber Tempation.
The small shawl is in the Cayenne colorway. The large shawl is in Smitten.
Variegated gold beads were used in the small shawl; Toho Higher Metallic Royal
Purple beads were used in the large shawl.
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm)
Gauge: 22 stitches and 30 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch