One of the really cool features of knitting is the fact that no matter how comfortable I get there is always something new to learn. This month I decided to stretch myself in honor of my first Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup and take on my first ever beading project.
Liz Abinante's Triptych Shawl is not heavily beaded, nor does it even have beads going the entire length of the shawl in any particular direction, but rather uses just enough beads to add just the barest hint of sparkle. At the same time, the funkiness of the asymmetry and the length of the shawl keep it from being obvious that the beaded detailing is only in a certain area.
I love the way the beads work their way through the lattice work. The pattern is written for the crochet method of adding beads, but I ended up pre-stringing mine because I could not find a crochet hook small enough for the size six beads.
I knit this out of Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in the Honey Fig colorway which I picked up at Eat Sleep Knit while in Atlanta during Stitches South. I picked it up specifically for this project and, as you can see with the shoes, my outfit for my cousin's wedding next month is now complete (for those concerned, yes I have a dress -- it was blogged here).
If you are looking for an introduction to beaded knitting I highly recommend this pattern. As I mentioned I ended up pre-stringing and then knitting in the beads (more detailed explanation in my last video post), but the amount of beading is never more than five or six in a row, which gives you time to develop a level of comfort with the medium, rather than floundering about with intricate lace stitches and 50g of seed beads.
To see other Finished Objects this fine Friday, check out the gang over at Tami's Amis!