Go Tell the Bees by Michele Bernstein
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Go Tell the Bees

Knitting
June 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette, before blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
430 - 645 yards (393 - 590 m)
60" wide x 20" deep, or 59" wide x 18" deep
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The Go Tell the Bees knit-along began June 11. Join the KAL in this thread in my PDXKnitterati group. We’ll be knitting together through the first week of July; it’s not too late to join. Fun and prizes!

There is an old Celtic custom that bees must be told of changes in the households of their keepers. The bees might leave or stop producing if they’re not kept in the loop! I was inspired to design this shawl by “Go Tell the Bees I am Gone,” the title of the upcoming book in the Outlander series.

These crescent shawls begin with a cable cast on at the lower edge and feature a honeybee stitch motif and honeycomb-inspired lace edging. (Why a cable cast on? So you don’t run out of tail with a 350+ stitch long tail cast on!) The crescent is shaped with simple short rows. No wrapping at the turns is required. The shawls make gradient yarns shine, and are also lovely in semi-solid colors. Knit in fingering weight yarn, you may choose either 430 yards for a shawlette, or 645 yards for a larger shawl.

If you’re making the smaller shawlette, you’ll definitely want at least 430 yards. I used all but 18 yards of the 430 yard cake, so it’s pretty close! I added a shorter eyelet edging to the pattern in order to finish with my yardage. I also added info in the pattern to skip the last short rows if you’re running short on the shawlette.

If you’d like to use the same yarn I did, you can order Renai in many colors from Fierce Fibers. Stacey is offering it at 10% off through June 30, 2017 with coupon code MICHELEBEE10.

PDXKnitterati email newsletter subscribers get a 20% discount coupon for this pattern through June 30, 2017. Not a subscriber? Message me with your name and email addy, and I’ll add you to the list.

Note about the chart: The full instructions for the bee motif are shown in the section under the abbreviations, as well as in a video. The chart will be helpful after you after learn the stitch, for placement of all the elements, but I wanted knitters to go to the written instructions the first time through. The unwinding of the yarn overs was too complicated to fit in the little chart key box!