Midsommer takes inspiration from the beautiful knitting patterns of Estonia, and a ritual for young lovers, who search the forests on that day for a mythical fern that can bring fertility, luck, wealth, and even the ability to understand animals’ speech. This fern flowers only on the summer solstice.. so follow the winding path of the fern down the center panel to the flowers at the edge, and imagine that you are one of the fortunate few!
This shawlette is worked from the top down, beginning at center back, and features Sivia’s favorite center panel construction with extra shoulder increases for a wing-like shape. Beads (in two colors) are placed using a crochet hook as you knit. Lace patterns are both written and charted.
Bead requirements: Seed beads, size 6/0: Color A (crystal), 336 (apprx 28 grams); Color B (champagne), 187 (apprx 16 grams).
This pattern is part of the Twisted Shawlette Club, released July 1, 2011. It will be available to the public on October 1, 2011.