Irulan by Barbara Benson


March 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
11 stitches and 14 rows = 2 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
375 - 420 yards (343 - 384 m)
One Size
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Elegance can be based in simplicity and that is the basis for this shawl fit for Royalty. Irulan is the Princess daughter of House Corrino in the Frank Herbert Dune books and the namesake for this shawl. A mixture of texture and lace, the luxury of the Sunshine Yarns UltraLuxe Light shines through in this pattern. Worked in the subtly luminous (and difficult to capture on film) color-way Jaded Gray it is a transition piece ideally suited for Spring.

With large enough areas of solid knitting to show off the beauty of both hand-dyed tonal and lightly variegated yarns, the lace increases towards the bottom to produce a decidedly feminine finish. Frequently switching between garter & stockinette provides an added depth of interest to the overall pattern.

Instructions are provided in entirely written and a combination of written & charts. The general consensus among my testers is that the shawl requires an Intermediate skill level and I have to agree with them. The shawl starts out relatively simple but gets more complex as the percentage of lace increases.

Instructions are provided entirely written but include extensive charts for the chart fans.

a note
Regarding the yarn, it is such a beautiful color. I did my best to try and make the photographs reflect the yarn, but I was unable to get it truly accurate. The color is more of a green/jade color than my photos wanted to appear. The talented dyer describes it as follows:

Inspiration: Soft, Wintery tones, ice covered trees, cold morning fog.
Colors: A blend of light spruce and gray.

Which is more eloquent than I could have managed. ;) But with her color palate, you really cannot go wrong with just about any color-way.