Pyropa by Susanna IC


June 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, blocked
US 8 - 5.0 mm
500 yards (457 m)
83" long x 43" deep
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I used to think that garnets came only in deep red color, until a few years ago when I visited the Garnet Museum in Prague. I was surprised to discover that garnets exist in a wide range of brilliant colors – from yellow oranges and bright reds all the way to deep red purples.

When I first saw this amazing gradient yarn from Vice Yarns, I was reminded not only of autumn foliage, but also of the incredible range of garnet colors. I used this inspiration to interpret the gemstone facets as a lace pattern with clean, geometric shapes. And, in keeping with its unfussy lines, I used the lace pattern to create a triangular shawl with an interesting asymmetric shape.

Pyropa is worked in one piece; it starts at the point and grows to its final size through increases along the edge. Because of the simple construction and easy lace, this shawl can be worked in almost any weight of yarn with just an adjustment in needle size. For a bit of gem-like sparkle, I’ve placed a few beads throughout the shawl, and I added the optional bead placement to the chart if you’d like to do the same (100 6/0 4mm or 5/0 4.5mm seed beads).

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