Monday, March 2, 2015

Beaded Mohair Shawl



 A wonderful find on my September trip to Nova Scotia is this Hand Maiden duo of fine lace weight mohair and sport weight silk boucle, hand dyed into a lovely burgundy mix.  I wanted to make it even more special by adding the sparkle of glass beads.  Starting at the top center, the pattern allows you to get a handle on the beading with short rows to start, ending with the marathon rows along two sides of the triangle.  By then you will be an expert!  This pattern is not for beginners, and you should have some experience with increases in the yarn over, but could be new to beading, with the photos below lending a hand.



Beaded Mohair Shawl

Yarn:  I skein HandMaiden Rumple (100% silk boucle) 100 grams/ 300 meters
     1 skein Hand Maiden Angel Hair (70% kid mohair, 30% nylon) 50 grams 400 meters
Needles: 3.5 mm circular needle (to allow for the width of the shawl – not worked in the round)
Glass beads 6/0 size, about 100 grams
Tiny crochet hook US 11/12  1.0 mm
Stitch marker

Gauge: not too important, but 14 - 16 sts = 4 inches  
Size of mine:  60 inches across the longest edge, 27 inches deep.  But you can keep knitting and grow it bigger if you choose.

How to :  PLACE A BEAD:   With tiny crochet hook, pick up a glass bead, then attach the crochet hook to the next stitch on the knitting needle.  Pull it off the knitting needle, and slip the bead off the crochet hook and onto the mohair stitch, then with the crochet hook, feed the loop of the stitch BACK ONTO the knitting needle….. see photos:







Shawl pattern:
Starting at the center, with silk boucle, cast on 5 stitches.
K1, YO, k1, YO, place marker, k1, YO, k1, YO, k1
Wrong side row:  k all stitches, slipping the marker
Regular right side row:   K1, YO, knit to marker, YO, slip marker, YO, knit to last stitch remaining, YO, k1.
Repeat wrong side row again,
Change to mohair yarn, and ***** work one regular right side row, and one wrong side row.
Bead Row:  K1, YO, K 2, [PLACE A BEAD, k bead stitch, k3]repeat across the row…. As you come to the marker, slip marker, YO, k1, YO at the same time as planting the bead every 4th stitch.  Move to the next stitch if the count places the bead at a yarn over. Continue to the last stitch at the end of row, placing the beads as you go.  Stop the last bead about 4 – 6 stitches before the end.  YO and k1 at the end of the row as usual. 
Wrong side row with mohair.
Work one more regular right side and wrong side.
[work another bead row, and wrong, right and wrong regular rows- 4 row pattern], then repeat the 4 row pattern again. Since ***** you have worked two rows plain, then three sets of the 4 row pattern, for 14 rows with the mohair and beads.
Change to silk boucle and work 4 regular rows (without beads): right side with the yarn overs, and wrong sides straight knitting.
Change to mohair and work the ***** 14 row pattern *****.
Continue to alternate the 4 row silk boucle and 14 row mohair bead pattern, until size of shawl desired, or 7 pattern repeats have been completed (like mine). 
Finish with 4 rows of silk boucle, and a very loose cast off of all stitches.



6 comments:

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is gorgeous. Maybe one day I will be able to do something like that.

My name WAS Female, I shit you not! said...

You are amazing & so are your creations!

(((hugs)))

Linda B Lipe said...

I am confused. Did you dye your own yarn? If not, may I ask what color yarn you used? Thank you.

chris said...

I can see the confusion. When you hit the link I thoughtfully included in the blog, you now get plain colours or white only from those yarns. I purchased the yarn in a lovely shop in Nova Scotia, and the link to "where to purchase" from the yarn site may help you find some lovely colours. Perhaps they do not dye in house anymore? Not sure. They always made small batches of unique colours, which is why they may not show colours on their site that may no longer be made.
I suggest searching the where to purchase link, and see which colours you can find that you like!
It is one of my favourite scarves.
Chris

Anonymous said...

I really like this pattern!!!!! I added my own twist:
1. I started with 3 stitches
2. k1 loop 1 k1 loop 1 k1
3. Next row: Pearl2 loop 1 pearl1 loop 1 pearl2
4. k3 l1 k1 l1 k3
5. p4 l1 p1 l1 p4
and so on! it's very simple, but it looks very cool!

Ms. Fraser said...

Thank you SO much for the placing the bead info! I have a pattern for a stunning icy blue cowl/hood with beads that I can now make. I am so excited. This looks SO easy to do. Best instructions ever.