I’ve not had many designs to share with you lately (a few to come, but I can’t tell you anything about those yet), so I thought I really should get round to telling you about Cleome that was published by Artesano last year as part of a collection of designs for the delicious new Manos Del Uruguay Fino yarn (a 4ply weight version of their popular Silk Blend yarn).
I wanted to design a top down shawl with an intricate border that incorporated increases into the pattern, avoiding the need to keep increasing down the spine and edges of the shawl when concentrating on a detailed lace pattern. Something that would be interesting to knit, but is actually much simpler than it looks.
I also wanted to experiment with different ways of increasing to create buds of different sizes within a lace pattern……
…… eventually blossoming into beautiful flowers reminiscent of Cleome (the Latin name of the Spider flower), hence the name I chose………
…..and finished with a pretty picot cast off. Even the spine of the shawl is a little different, featuring a lacy mock cable that flows into the main pattern, and there are written instructions for the lace as well as charts, so you can use whichever you prefer.
The pattern is available in two sizes, a shawlette (shown here in purple) which is perfect to wear as a scarf or a little cover up for your shoulders….
…… and a larger shawl (shown here in red), which would make a gorgeous versatile accessory to wear to any occasion.
I hope you like it! I think it is the design I am most proud of so far :), particularly because of the lace!