For the Bees

Remember those little balls of yarn I showed you? Well this week I’ve released the first pattern in the Lace Revelations collection. The bronze ball was the one from the first design. Here’s For the Bees:

For the Bees shawl by Natalie Servant

For the Bees is a bottom-up shallow triangular shawl with reversible hexagonal motifs. That felt like quite a word jumble as I typed it, but it’s all true.

What I wanted to do with this small collection was to explore reversible lace with stockinette and reverse stockinette sections. I have done this type of work in a few other patterns. It started out with the Cormier Grille Shawl, last January:

Cormier Grille Shawl by Natalie Servant (Canadian Art Deco Knits)

Then the Marine Building Shawl in June, which also had a garter stitch element:

Marine Building Shawl by Natalie Servant

And then most recently, in the Spring/Summer Twist Collective, there is Azulejos:

Azulejos by Natalie Servant, Spring/Summer 2016 Twist Collective, picture (c) Fanny Lafontaine-Jacob

picture (c) Fanny Lafontaine-Jacob

Did you see how I slipped that in there? I’m thrilled to have had another pattern accepted to Twist Collective. I made a gigantic swatch to prove out this design. This was, to my mind, the most complicated version of this type of lace that I’d done.

I wanted to see what other shapes would work for this technique. I hit upon the idea of tessellated shapes. After designing and swatching for a couple of months, I had 3 winning ideas. I also had 3 skeins of Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace in my stash, which I felt would be an excellent match for these patterns. The silk content really shines, which means that when you get sun involved like this, you can really see the difference in the two types of fabric:

For the Bees shawl by Natalie Servant

Although my swatches were all rectangular, I wanted 3 different shapes as part of this shawl collection. When I considered these hexagons, I had the idea of working from a small set of stitches and growing in little steps. This idea turned out to simplify the pattern, which was a happy coincidence!

The Lace Revelations ebook will have 3 different patterns by April 25th, 2016, and it’s on sale for $12 US until then (automatic discount from the regular $15 US price tag).

For the Bees is $6 US.

Stay tuned! I’ll share the next pattern in the collection with you a little later this week.

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