Belladonna Took by Melanie Gibbons

Belladonna Took

March 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 yards (366 m)
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The Belladonna Took shawlette is named after Belladonna Took, the hobbit, who became Mrs. Bungo Baggins, mother to Bilbo. J.R.R. Tolkien tells us that the Took family was known for adventures (not at all an acceptable activity for a hobbit) and it was this adventurous Took gene that prompted Bilbo to go on his own adventure with Gandalf and the dwarves. This small shawl is knit sideways and is adjustable according to the amount of yarn you have. Instead of the more common garter stitch or stockinette main body, this little shawl has an easy to memorize lace pattern paired with a lace edging. Easy to wear, it will be useful whether you have your own adventures or choose a more respectable lifestyle, doing nothing unexpected. It’s large enough to toss over your shoulders if you should get chilly but small enough to keep in your bag when the Summer comes. The directions are in both charted and written format. The knitting is easy and the design works up quickly. This is a knitting adventure that won’t make you late for dinner!

This shawl is shown in Handmaiden Silk Twist (65% wool/ 35% silk, 400m per 100 g skein). Shown in the colorway Moss, one skein was used. It can easily be adjusted to other weights of yarn just by changing needle size for your yarn and working as directed. Finished size as shown is 62 inches wide by 21 inches deep as measured from the center back down to the point. I should note that while this is a triangle shawl, because it is knit sideways, the point is more shallow than it would be if it were a top down triangle shawl. A less dramatic point on a triangle shawl is more flattering due to the general region of the wearer that the point of a shawl tends to point to.