The yarn store and book store are arguing
over who gets my money next.
I’m watching with bated breath to see who wins.
DAYS TAKEN: 9 (mostly evening bed-time knitting towards the end)
YARN: J&P Coats Royale Classic Crochet Thread (Size 10)
WEIGHT: Crochet Lace
NEEDLE SIZE: US 5 Circular
# OF YUCCA REPEATS: 10
# OF AGAVE REPEATS before final agave chart: 3 (used ~200 yards of thread; with Assorted Size 6 and 10 glass beads and crystals)
YARDAGE FOR EDGING ALONE: ~675 yards
# OF STITCHES FOR NUPPS: 9 (consumes more yarn than that of 7-stitch nupp or no nupp)
TOTAL YARDAGE FOR THE SHAWL: 1275
TOTAL WEIGHT FOR THE SHAWL: 8.5 oz (10.5 oz with crystals & beads)
BEADS: 433 assorted 4.0MM Bicone Swarvoski Crystals (14.5 packets) and 1600+ assorted Blue Moon Size 6 and 10 glass beads
1. The charts do not include the 3-stitch selvage edges. I have forgotten about them and ended up tinking on a couple of occasions.
2. Slip-knit beads as I go is a great decision…the cotton thread wouldn’t have survived pre-stringing over 2000 beads (majority in Size 10 seed beads). It would look fragile, worn, by the time I am finished with the lace.
3. It’s easy to purl the stitch next to either side of a 9-stitch nupp as a part of the nupp.
4. It’s good to at least stitch-marked center stitch. The pattern flows so smoothly–I kept going to end of the row and having to correct/split the center to two partial motifs a few times.
5. If you are using bamboo needles, you may switch to the type that would allow your stitches to slide around easier or a longer-cabled circular like 47” (or ideal 60″ when stitches grow to 400+ stitches. Remember…edging will grow to 900+ stitches.
6. Nupp or no nupp? There is an easy way of working nupps. Forget about working each stitch loose. Follow these two steps in your normal tension on each stitch for a 9-stitch nupp: on right-side (RS) row, [k1, yo twice] 4 times, K1. On the following wrong-side row where you reach the nupp stitches, slip the 7 stitches–one-by-one–to right-hand needle and dropping the extra yo as you go; pull down on the stitches to even them out, insert left-hand needle through the stitches so that it goes behind the right needle, purl together. You don’t have to purl all 9 stitches at one time…slip 8 stitches to your right needle like you would slip a stitch, purl next stitch on left needle, then pass 2nd slipped stitch over the stitch you just purled on right needle, then 3rd, 4th…8th. Hope this makes sense. You will love the 9-stitch nupp appeal, I promise. The nupps may look a little too loose before blocking. Trust me…those little pearls will even out and look stunning after the lace’s been blocked.
7. Before binding off, there were 983 stitches on the needles with 12 motifs on either side of the center (instead of 11 per pattern.)
Hope you enjoy the making of Aeolian Lace. There will be more variations to come in the near future. For now, I must revive one of a few WIPs I have neglected since January.