When Miss Babs asked me to design a shawlette with an island theme for her new knitting club, I searched many images for inspiration. The most beautiful image that I found of the Seychelles shows an island cove with a pristine beach and incredibly blue ocean waves rushing to the shore. The waves are topped with frothy white crests and sparkle in bright sunshine. I was so inspired that I wanted to interpret this image in lace as precisely as possible.
I knew I wanted to use a crescent shape for the shawl because its gentle curve would echo the coastline in the inspiration photo exactly. I chose a simple meandering lace pattern for the central portion of the lace border and incorporated some textured stitches to mimic the rippling waves. A few basic lace stitches emulate the wave crests at the bottom edge of the shawl along with a sprinkling of silver-lined beads that reflect light much like the real ocean waves do.
The Seychelles pattern is now available as Ravelry download.
This pattern was originally published as part of the Miss Babs Knitting Tour 2012 in March 2012.
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