Wonderberry, a triangular lace shawl with a beaded, scalloped edging, is now available in my Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy pattern stores.
Wonderberry can be made as a shawlette or scarf—a little something light to wear on cool summer evenings—or as a more substantial wrap for fall and winter. The pattern provides instructions for three sizes; the "wingspan" (width of top edge, after blocking) for each is 45 (54, 63) inches/114 (137, 160) cm. The sample shown in the photos is the medium size.
Wonderberry requires 375 (525, 750) yards/343 (481, 686) m fingering weight yarn and 126 (154, 182) #6 seed beads. You'll also need a 24- or 32-inch US6/4.00mm circular knitting needle and a size 10/1.15 mm steel crochet hook for placing the beads. (If you haven't knit with beads before, don't worry—it's easy, and the pattern provides instructions for how to place beads using the crochet hook method.)
I knit the sample with Periwinkle Sheep Diamant [80 percent superwash merino, 20 percent silk] in the Cayenne colorway. So many times as I was knitting the shawl, people stopped to comment on the gorgeous color. Karin's hit one out of the ballpark with Diamant—it's extremely pleasant to knit, and the drape is just perfect for lace (but I could see Diamant being used to beautiful effect in a fingering weight sweater, too). You can find Periwinkle Sheep yarns at fiber festivals around the U.S. and online at Hook-a-Frog.
Pattern difficulty? I'd say this one is advanced beginner/intermediate. Experience reading charts (or willingness to learn) and some experience with lace knitting are helpful. Skills required include casting on, knitting, purling, increases and decreases, binding off, reading charts. The stitch patterns are provided in charts.
As always when I publish a new pattern, I get by with a little help from my friends. Thanks this time around are due to Katherine for her thorough technical editing, and to Jackie for being such a great model.
Don't forget—my Ravelry Summer Sale continues through Friday, July 5. Use the coupon code FIRECRACKER to get $1 off Wonderberry or another Blue Peninsula pattern or eBook.
Thank you very much for reading!