Monday, April 18, 2011

Octavia's Garlands - Customizable Lace Shawl & Armwarmers

Behold! After much design and testing, the Octavia's Garlands Lace Shawl is ready.

It's a unique and customizable pattern for a rectangular lace shawl. You don’t have to be a harpist to make or wear it - any musician or music lover would enjoy it! Seven song alternatives are included, making it a great value. If you don’t see your favorite tune in the list, there’s also a blank staff that lets you chart your own! The pattern is a 20 page PDF which includes the following:

Color Photos
Leaf Lace Chart
Right-Facing Harp
Left-Facing Harp
Music Chart: Blank Staff
Music Chart: Scales, parts A & B
Music Chart: Twinkle, Twinkle, parts A & B
Music Chart: Brahms’ Lullaby, parts A & B
Music Chart: Danny Boy, parts A & B
Music Chart: Flower Duet from Lakmé, parts A & B
Music Chart: Ode to Joy, parts A & B
Music Chart: Road to Lisdoonvarna, parts A & B

You don’t need to print all 20 pages for your project. Each shawl only needs the following 5 pages: Instructions, Left-facing harp, Right-facing harp, and parts A & B of your chosen song. Lace patterns are provided in charted form only.

The shawl is worked in two halves which are grafted in the center. Music charts include approximately the first 4 bars of each tune. (Please note that some minor musical liberties may have been taken for ease of knitting.) The tune on the shawl shown is the Flower Duet from Lakmé.

The shawl uses two skeins of Knit Picks Gloss Lace (70% Merino, 30% Silk) - 440 yd each, colorway “Aegean”, or approx. 880 yards of laceweight yarn.

A pattern for Octavia’s Coordinating Leaf Lace Armwarmers is available separately. Three skeins of Gloss Lace are enough to complete both projects.

The two page PDF includes instructions for three Lengths: Short Forearm, Long Forearm, Opera Length. Sizes range from Woman’s XS (to fit 6” wrist, 9” upper arm) to Woman’s XL (to fit 10” wrist, 13” upper arm). A schematic drawing shows measurements for all sizes. Instructions for leaf lace are provided in both written and charted form.

Photos show womans’ size small, opera length.

One subtle rib on either side of the lace panel makes for a tailored fit. All shaping is worked in the plain area, so lace patterning stays the same for the length of the piece. Three skeins of Gloss Lace yarn (1320 yd total) are enough for both patterns.

Octavia's Garlands Lace Shawl pattern
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Octavia's Coordinating Leaf Lace Armwarmers pattern
buy now for $5.95 at my secure Ravelry store

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