Part of Small Delights, Praline is available for individual download or as part of a book, for $10.00. Because I’m sentimental about my anniversary in February, the book is on sale for $8.00 until February 18th (no coupon code needed).
Praline is a shallow crescent worked in garter stitch from the nape outwards, with a lightly beaded lace edging that is a Japanese variant of feather and fan. Inspired by the pleasures of ice cream on a hot day and first released as part of a club in 2012, I’ve updated the layout and presented it here in either fingering or heavy laceweight.
Praline’s shape is the result of its long tab beginning, intermittent increases at the center, and regular increases at each edge, along with a dropped yarn over to make sure that the edge is soft and elastic. (No short rows!) The beads are placed onto each individual stitch after it has been worked, using a crochet hook. The bound-off edge has strategically placed increases and decreases to encourage the nineteen curves. If you are knitting with laceweight yarn that is sturdy enough to stand a thorough blocking, you may prefer to knit it on smaller needles and block it to size.
You will need one 400 yard skein of fingering or heavy laceweight and 180 6/0 seed beads.