Friday, April 27, 2018

Free Pattern Tomorrow : Ashes of Roses

Pattern release days are always a little bit nerve wracking for designers.  So many little, last minute things to do!

But they are also quite exciting...

Today, today will be exciting! Today is all about magic!

Ashes of Roses.

“Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of Magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden—in all the places.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

All kinds of knitting is magic to me, but there is something different about lace! Taking only the simplest of tools, some needles and thread; fancy doilies have always intrigued me.  Worked in a heavier yarn than the thread that doilies are typically made from, Ashes of Roses includes all the things that fascinate me about fancy lace knitting in a fingering weight shawl. Beads, nupps and the mysterious “no stitch” chart boxes make it exciting enough for the adventurous lace knitter, but really it is much easier than it looks, like magic!

I used Ozifarmer's Market Yarns Moolah to create this shawl.  In Pink Heath, a lovely soft pale pink to deeper pink tone gradient, the shawl has a very vintage feel to me.  But, a bright, saturated purple or blue, would certainly have a more edgy, modern look.
The shawl does take slightly more yardage than the average 100 gm put-up of fingering weight yarn, so Dawn (the brains and brawn behind Ozifarmer's Market) has created special larger gradients that have just the right amount of yardage.  Don't see your perfect colors there?  She custom dyes too, so you can get exactly what you want!

As always, getting just the right photos was a challenge!  The weather in my little corner of the world is not very predictable in the early months of the year, and this year, winter didn't seem to want to leave us.  Trying to coordinate a nice day, model availability and the "right" setting meant this one got several photo shoots!

Inside, outside, dressed up, dressed down....that pretty dress?  A lucky thrift store find.

So, are you ready for the best part of this new pattern release?

You can grab your copy on Knotions!

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