As a designer it's very exciting when your first design is on the cover of a magazine. And I still get excited about every cover design I have. A few weeks ago, while we were at Woolfest, I had an e-mail about another first but I couldn't tell anyone yet.
For the Elegant Beaded Lace Stole I was inspired by early 1900s women's fashion and in particular the fashions from Downton Abbey. When I submitted this (which was originally submitted for the Unoffical Downton Abbey isssue due out soon) I had just watched the third series of Downton Abbey and I imagined one of the sisters wearing this shawl over their evening dresses.
I used Scrumptious Lace from Fyberspates for this design and Scrumptious Lace is just what it says on the label.... Scrumptious. I love the delicate colourway too.
I took a traditional lace pattern with strong diagonal lines and enhanced it by adding beads in diagonal lines. I chose beads that stand out but you could choose beads that blend more with your yarn, if you prefer. I like my beads to be seen though. The beads are added using a crochet hook and I've got a video demo here if you're new to this technique.
This shawl is worked from the long side to the other long side, so there's a lot of stitches to cast on and off but there are much fewer rows. I recommend using a circular needles because it'll be hard to comfortably fit over 200 stitches on a straight needle. And make sure you use a stretchy cast on so you can block the stole properly. I always use the long tail cast on and I hold two needles together for a stretchy but neat cast on edge.
I really enjoyed knitting this stole and I'm thrilled that the sample was returned to me with my copy of the magazine (some magazines keep the photography samples).
If you're in the US you can purchase the magazine direct from Interweave (it's not listed as I write this but keep an eye on their shop, I'm sure it'll be up there very soon). I'm sure there will be UK shops stocking it and if you know of any please let me know so I can tell all my lovely blog readers.
Check out the other designs in this issue which is a lace issue. So many very, very pretty designs.
I've got several designs due to be published in American magazines in the coming months and I got another US commission last week. But ofcourse that's all secret till the magazines are published.