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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Free Pattern Weekend - Piccadilly

Last weekend's free pattern, Lucille, was so popular that I thought I'd do a free pattern weekend again. This will be a regular feature but it won't be every weekend. This weekend's free pattern is Piccadilly.

Piccadilly was originally designed for Noro lace yarn but earlier this year I had it re-knitted in Zauberball Laceball and when the sample arrived back from my sample knitter and I opened the parcel I was just amazed by how stunning this sample looks. The colours are perfect and I just love it! 

Piccadilly was designed to show off a yarn with long colour repeats but I bet it'll look equally gorgeous in a solid or semi-solid colour or what about an ombre colourway? I'd love to see that.

Zauberball Laceball has 800m per 100gr ball but this shawl doesn't take the full ball. I think it took about 1/2 to 2/3 of the ball. To be on the safe side I'd recommend having 600m available, but you may be okay with 400m. You can of course buy Laceball in my shop. Not keen on fine yarns? Then choose your favourite sock yarn. Piccadilly will work in any yarn weight. Just choose an appropriate needle size and beads that have a big enough hole for your yarn.

Piccadilly has beads scattered throughout the lace sections. The beads are added using the crochet hook method. The shawl is worked from the bottom up in a shallow crescent shape. It starts with a wide lace border which creates the scallloped edging. Then short rows and decreases are worked in stocking stitch to create the crescent shape (no difficult wrap & turns or yarn overs needed for the short rows though). And the shawl is finished off with another lace border at the top of the shawl. 

You can wear it as a shoulder wrap or as a scarf. It's lightweight and warm but without adding bulk. Perfect for those first chilly autumn mornings.

New to lace knitting? Don't forget my Lace Basics pattern bundle which includes my Lace Basics booklet (which will teach you all you need to know to get started with lace knitting) is only £7.50 until 15 Sept (the £2.50 discount comes off automatically when you log into Paypal to pay).

Happy knitting x

1 comment:

PurlingPanda said...

Such a pretty shawl. Love those colours. Thank you so much for offering it for free this weekend. I was worried when the price was still there when I added it to my cart but when I hit purchase, swoosh, it went right to my library without payment. Very neat.