Introducing my newest shawl – Ardelia!
This is my third collaboration with Selena Miskin of the Sweater Sisters and Wayfaring Yarns Designs (along with Orinda and Antenor).
This top-down semi-circular shawl has bold botanically-themed motifs, using Brioche and Lace stitches to create the effect. I-cord edging gives a clean, crisp finish and the tassels add a fun finishing touch. The shawl uses two yarns for the Brioche sections, with the Lace edging using the main colour only.
Speaking for myself (and probably a fair number of other knitters, crocheters and yarn/fibre-based crafters), I have a habit of acquiring many different single or paired skeins in similar weights in pretty much the exact same colour families. The idea of creating a design which could combine similar colour ways despite different yarn bases and weights is one I have had for some time – using the texture and weight of the yarn to help enhance the pattern rather than relying purely on the colours themselves.
Brioche is a natural option for such adventures, and in particular, pairs itself beautifully with mohair/silk lace weights.
The shawl uses two of Selena’s own Wayfaring Yarns; Sophia – a lace weight mohair/silk blend, and the newest yarn in her collection, Europa – a merino/mohair single ply fingering weight yarn. The combination is fabulous, with the sheen of the merino and silk, when paired with the halo of the mohair creating a glorious glowing, slightly ethereal effect.
Like my previous shawls from my Sweater Sister collaborations, Ardelia is named for another member of Katherine Philip’s ‘Society of Friendship’ – her literary and artistic group who used pastoral and classically-inspired pseudonyms in their letters and other social interactions in the seventeenth century. Ardelia, is the pen-name of Mary Harvey, later Lady Mary Dering, who was one of Philip’s oldest and dearest friends. Lady Dering was known for her musical compositions, becoming the first woman in England to have her music published under her own name.
The shawl is available as a full kit, comprising pattern, two skeins of Europa and one skein of Sophia from Sweater Sisters.com.
There are multiple colour options (available as of July 11th, 2020; subject to change due to availability):
- Catoctin – a warm, dusty red
- Sundance – a soft blue-purple
- Naples – a rich, golden yellow
- Pink Sands Beach – a soft rose
- Myrtle Beach – a rich bright green (used for the original sample)
- Portobello Road – a bright light green
The pattern is also available via LoveCrafts:
1246.5 yds / 1140 m yarn in two weights:
787.5 yds / 720 m Fingering weight yarn (MC)
458 yds / 420 m Lace weight yarn (CC)
3 mm / US 2.5 circular needles
3.5 mm or 4 mm / US 4 or 6 circular needles or DPNs (optional for i-cord bind off)
Stitch markers (2, more can be used to distinguish between pattern repeats if preferred)
4 “ / 10 cm square piece of card or tassel maker
Scissors Tapestry needle
Blocking wires / pins
20 sts x 22 rows in two colour Brioche rib on 3 mm / US 2.5 needles, after blocking
24 sts x 36 rows in stocking stitch, using MC on 3 mm / US 2.5 needles, after blocking
48 x 30 “ / 122 x 76 cm, excluding tassels.
Yarn & Colour Choice
The pattern was originally designed to utilise coordinating yarns in two different weights (fingering and lace), with the original sample worked in the same colourway over two different yarn bases. However, if desired the pattern can be worked in a one or two fingering weight colourways. Please note that yarn usage and the finished size of the shawl may vary.