Want to learn more about Accola the new shawl I designed for my Craftsy class Knitting with Beads and have a chance to enter a great giveaway? Read on!
Skills Used: Accola incorporates size 6/0 beads placed on stitches, nupps, and double sided beaded lace (size 8/0) balanced by a healthy portion of stockinette stitch to keep you sane.
Construction: Accola is worked from the bottom up, starting with the lace border which is worked vertically over a small number of stitches. After the border is competed, you pick up stitches all the way along it's edge and then start to work the body of the shawl. The top edge is finished off with a perpendicular bind off that includes more nupps and beads.
Note: Right now the only way to get this pattern is to sign up for my Craftsy class.
But, what about the yarn?
Jill Draper Makes Stuff Nimbus in Bottle.
This is my all.time new favorite color. I knit this large lace weight version in January when it was all kinds of brown, grey and brown outside, I spent a large portion of everyday looking at this stunning green, and I do believe it kept me sane! Nimbus is a lovely 70% Angora/30% silk that carries the weight of the beads, and the texture of the nupps beautifully!
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Midway.
Believe it or not this is my first time working with Shepherd Sock, and I LOVE how it behaved with beads, it's hearty but still so soft and the fiber stood up to the wear of the beads really well! Colleen got to knit this after I did the swatching and I was sad to not get to actually knit it, but a girl only has so many hands. I really wanted to show how this shawl would look with a variegated yarn and it did not disappoint! See?
Jill, who is a seriously wonderful woman, and an awesome dyer, has generously offered up 2 skeins of Nimbus in Bottle AND Craftsy has offer to giveaway a class with it You can make your very own Accola!
So, leave a comment letting us know if you've ever knit with beads and how it went for you by April 3 at 12 noon EST and I'll chose a random winner when comments close!