Comfort working with lace knitting and knowledge of increases and decreases. Basic understanding of shawl construction is helpful but not necessary.
Yarn:1 (2, 3, 3) skeins Malabrigo Baby Silkpaca lace, 70% baby alpaca, 30% silk, 385m/ 420 yd per 50g skein or 325m (535m, 850m, 1,106m)/ 325 yd (585 yd, 930 yd, 1,210 yd) of equivalent lace weight yarn. Shawlette shown in Archangel.
Needles: 2.75 mm/US 2 32″ circular needles or size to achieve gauge
Other: stitch markers, pins for blocking
Gauge: 26sts x 38 rows per 4 inches/10 cm
Kerchief: 81 x 46 cm/32 x 18 inches
Shawlette: 173 x 66 cm/ 68 x 26 inches
Shawl: 195 x 86 cm/ 76 x 33 inches
Large Shawl: 215 cm x 91 cm/ 85 x 36 inches
Painted Plumes combines a love of hand-dyed yarns and lace. If you have ever been tempted by a beautiful skein of multi-coloured yarn only to be disappointed once it is wound and the colours muddled, this is the pattern for you.
Lace patterns can get lost in the colour pooling of variegated yarns, detracting from both the yarn and stitch pattern. Painted Plumes was designed specifically to showcase tonal and variegated yarns. Wings of stockinet stitch provide room to pool while a feathery center panel and lace border add elegance and intrigue to the shawl without detracting from multi-coloured yarns.
Rapid increases give this shawl a wide but shallow shape making it easy to wear. Increases are worked into the lace design eliminating the center stitch that runs up most top-down shawls and creating a rounded tip.
Knit in a silk blend lace weight yarn for a light and breezy summer shawl that drapes nicely over the shoulders or wool fingering for a warmer shawl. Worn kerchief style the lace center panel cascades down the front with ostrich plumes framing the sides.
Instructions for four sizes are included in the pattern along with both written stitch instructions and charts. Modified sizes are easily made by altering the number of center panel and ostrich plume repeats.