Last weekend I had the supreme honor of standing next to my little sister as she married the love of her life! I also had the pleasure, this winter, of knitting her a shawl fit for her gorgeous wedding.
Pattern: Aeolian Shawl by Elizabeth Freeman, available free on Knitty.com
Yarn: 60/2 Silk on a Cone from WEBS, I purchased the 250g cone, but they now come in 100g cones, which would have been enough to finish the project.
Needles: US size 3, 32″ circular needle, Knitter’s Pride Karbonz
Beads: size 8/0 silver lined Miyuki glass beads in “light blush” and 4mm bicone Swarovski crystals in “vintage rose” from Caravan Beads
I regret that the photos I have of her wearing the shawl were taken in poor lighting and not really worth posting. But I did grab the shawl itself for a few quick snapshots before the action began. I know the professional photos of her wearing it will be stunning!
Project Notes: I didn’t knit this pattern exactly as written. It does give you several options for sizing and, of course, I choose a combination of the options. This yarn is just slightly thinner than the laceweight I usually knit (and the same yarn I knit my own wedding shawl from, but in a different color).
I cast on for the largest size shawl due to the gauge/thinness of the yarn, but Tristan didn’t want a huge shawl, so I only did one repeat of the “Agave” chart to keep it from growing too large. I didn’t do the millions of beads that the pattern calls for – I started adding them in after the leafy part was complete, at the “transition” chart. Instead of doing the nupps I used the bicone crystals.
I really enjoyed knitting this shawl, not just because it was for my beautiful sister, but also because the pattern was so interesting. Each section flows into the next and they compliment each other nicely. Even though there are multiple pages to this pattern, due to the charts, it was really straightforward to follow and easy to alter to fit our needs. <3
Caravan Beads is based out of Maine and my beads were perfect! Check them out if you need some beads for a project – they have a wide selection and good in stock quantities. If you are going to be using a tiny crochet hook to install 4mm bicone crystals onto your knitting, know that the occasional bead will have an irregular hole (I ended up with about 1 irregular bead per dozen) so order a bit extra.