A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Silky Orchid


I love triangular shawls, but, sometimes they are difficult to keep in place without a pin.

Hana, on the other hand, in its distinguish curve makes a difference. It measures 56″ wide, 12″ center deep, and 7″ short ends.

It may simple be tied like a scarf or have longer ends that drape gracefully around the shoulders.

The gentle crescent lends itself to numerous ways of tying and draping, making it a versatile accessory to the Fall wardrobe.

The shawlette is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge, with a very long cast on (393 stitches,), work the 12-repeat Japanese lace (instead of 14 per pattern at Kristina‘s request,) and then shape the narrow, long curved body of the shawl with an unique set of short rows.

The interesting combination of true lace and simple stockinette stitches–in DK weight Silk Bamboo and Size 5 Addi Lace circular needles–makes Hana a fun, pretty, incredibly useful, affordable–3 balls of Patons Silk Bamboo, 307 yards,–and fast 7-hour project.

I was a little apprehensive about the fake tubular bind off at first…but worked out perfectly.

I wear my shawls mostly as scarves and this one is perfect for wrapping around the neck or shoulders–it shows off the pretty edging, yet, is plenty long enough to stay put.

This one, after re-blocking to elongate the flowers to show its true beauty, will be going to my friend Lindy when we meet up on the coast next week.

Me…I will work up some handspun for another interpretation of my very own Hana. Thanks, Kristina, for a fabulous test-knit experience, and PLEASE do publish the design as I know many of my friends would love to knit one for themselves 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…)

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