The special project I’ve been working on was a present for my mother’s birthday. It’s a lace and bead scarf, it’s proven difficult to photograph but here goes:
The scalloped border is based on a “peacock tail” pattern I found in an old Victorian pattern for cuffs. I threaded beads on my yarn so that each cast on stitch had a bead between it and then I used the crochet hook method to add beads throughout the rest of the garment.
After the scallops there is a little arch like pattern before it melds into my main pattern.
The main pattern being a sort of upside-down heart, diamond thing:
It’s all in garter stitch so that it is reversible, the beads sit over a stitch so the scarf really does look the same from either side. It is knit in two halves and then grafted in the middle.
The colour has proved difficult to capture on “film”, it’s quite a dark teal. The beads are a lighter turquoise. The yarn is a 2ply wool from Bendigo Woolen Mills (the colour is “Venetian”, though their image does not do that colour justice either – it’s much darker) and standard foil lined seed beads.
It’s not a long scarf, just a little thing to tuck inside a coat in spring and autumn. The beading slows down the knitting but the finished effect is worth it, nothing too overt, just a lovely little sparkle when it catches the light.