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Black Swan Mantilla

knit/lab
Knitting
March 2011
Lace / 2 ply ?
US 4 - 3.5 mm
770 - 800 yards (704 - 732 m)
One
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Black Swan Mantilla is a large crescent-shaped shawl with an unusual construction and a knitted-on fringed-and-beaded border. The pdf also includes a simpler variation of the border, without the beaded fringe.

This pattern has been in the works for some time and you can find more information about its origin and progress on the knit/lab blog.

It’s knit on 3.5mm/US4 needles
with approx 50g/700m/770yds Titanwool Merinos Extra
100% wool, colour 214 black.

The pdf contains concise instructions, two charts for the main body of the shawl, and two charted options (with and without fringe) for the knitted-on border.

400 size 6 black opaque glass beads are added to the fringed border during knitting, and a further 1,197 beads (a mix of size 6 & 8, various colors) are strung along the bottom edge with a sewing needle and thread after blocking.
(That sounds like a lot of work, but it’s actually quite enjoyable, and a great way to use up quantities of beads left over from other projects).
The plainer knitted-on border has no fringe, and requires 44 beads.

Dimensions after blocking: roughly circular, 39in/100cm across, 15.5in/40cm at center back (unfringed version slightly smaller).
Weight of fringed version: approx 118g.