Green Gables MKAL
Lace shawl MKAL in 5 parts - now released as a complete pattern.
Both written and charted pattern available.
Full circle or crescent shape, the choice is yours! Works well as a doily, too.
Difficulty: medium to advanced.
Yarn. Crescent shape: 2 skeins of Zitron Filisilk, 70% merino 30% silk, 656 yards (600 m) / 100g. Full circle: 3 skeins. You can substitute with for instance Fil Royal or other lace yarn with good stitch definition. Long gradients (the kind that has only one transition per colour) and solids are suitable.
If you are using a long gradient and want to use up all your hand dyed yarn, the last chart has enough rows to allow you to keep on knitting until you run out of yarn. You can also end sooner if you have less than the stated yardage. If you are using skinnier yarn (say 1000m/100g) and smaller needles, you will be ok with 100 g.
Size when worked as written and ending on row 162: Crescent shape: 25 inches (65 cm) deep and 70 inches (178 cm) wingspan. Full circle: 50 inches (130 cm) diameter.
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle or the needle you need to get a fabric you like. Double pointed needles (dpns) in the same size for the circular CO if you are working the full circle, or use a long circular and magic loop. Crochet hook for the CO (magic circle crochet CO method used). Cable needle.
Gauge: 20 sts x 28 rows in stockinette stitch is 4 inches (10 cm) blocked and relaxed. As we all know, gauge swatches lie, but I definitely recommend doing a swatch to see what needle size looks good with your yarn.
Beads: Seed beads size 8/0 (full circle in parenthesis) in all 1614 (2256) divided thus: Chart D: 135 (240). Chart G: 644 (896). Chart H until row 162: 835 (1120) Beads are optional. It is possible to use less beads by for instance only beading every second repeat. The pattern lends itself well to using different sizes of beads, too.
Other notions: Stitch markers. Crochet hook or other gizmo for placing beads. If your beads are a little irregular, using a piece of bendable fishing line or the like is a practical solution. Darning needle.
Construction: The shawl is worked in the round (full circle) or back and forth (crescent shape) from the center out. It is bound off using a very narrow sideways knitted on edge. No provisional CO or grafting needed even for the full circle, the final seam is so small (2 stitches) it is virtually invisible.