Glitz at the Ritz is the grown up big sister of the Afternoon Tea Shawlette from Knitty SS 2012. With beautiful lace and sparkly beads you'll be the best accessorized at that summer wedding or keeping the late evening chill off your shoulders with a strapless evening dress.
This shawlette is designed to be knitted from just one skein of sock weight yarn. It's positively calling out to that special single skein you couldn't resist stashing away, especially those with slightly drapier blends such as alpaca, silk and perhaps a touch of cashmere.
Glitz's elongated triangular shape drapes beautifully around the shoulders while the beads add gorgeous glamour.
This could make an ideal first time project for lace and bead knitting as the lace patterns in the shawl are quite straightforward.
56 inches across top curved edge, after blocking
18 inches middle of top edge to bottom, after blocking
Yarn Grey Version (shown above):
Juno Alice 4ply [70% baby alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere; 437yd/400m per 100g skein]; color: Heather Shadow; 1 skein
Blue Version (shown below):
Sweet Clement Beloved [100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester ; 437yd/400m per 100g skein]; color: Teal; 1 skein
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
32-inch US #6/4mm circular needle
650 size 6 (4mm) Miyuki Beads
Crochet hook small enough to fit through holes in beads Note: See Pattern Notes about Placing Beads before buying the crochet hook.
20 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch after blocking
Gauge is not critical for this project, as long as you like how your knitted fabric looks.
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Placing Beads: This article provides information on how to add beads using a crochet hook, the method used in this design. Scroll down to "Hooking beads as you go". Note: after bead is placed on the stitch, knit the stitch.
If you knit this shawl without beads, substitute instructions for "place bead" with "k1".
Directions for the Knitted Cast On method can be found here.
Beaded Eyelet Lace Row 1 [RS]: K3, yo, k3, [yo, k2tog, place bead, k1] to 3 sts before marker, yo, k2tog, k1, M1R, sl marker, k1, M1L, k1, ssk, yo, [k1, place bead, ssk, yo] to last 6 sts, k3, yo, k3.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8 [WS]: K2, p1, yo, p to last 3 sts, yo, p1, k2.
Row 3 [RS]: K3, yo, knit to marker, M1R, sl marker, k1, M1L, knit to last 3 sts, yo, k3.
Row 5 [RS]: K3, yo, k2, [k1, place bead, ssk, yo] to 2 sts before marker, k2, M1R, sl marker, k1, M1L, k2, [yo, k2tog, place bead, k1] to last 5 sts, k2, yo, k3.
Row 7 [RS]: As Row 3.
Charts The chart for this pattern is very large and fits on a letter-sized
Click here and print the resulting
Row 14 [WS]: K2, p1, yo, p to last 3 sts, yo, p1, k2.
Work Rows 1-2 three times.
Work Rows 5-6 once.
Work Rows 1-2 twice. 295 sts.
Lower Edge: Row 1[RS]: K3, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3. 297 sts.
Row 2 [WS]: K3, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3. 299 sts.
Row 3 [RS]: K3, yo, [k2tog, yo] to last 4 sts, k1, yo, k3. 301 sts.
Row 4 [WS]: K3, yo, k1, [place bead, k3] to last 5 sts, place bead, k1, yo, k3. 303 sts.
Row 5 [RS]: K3, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3. 305 sts.
Picot Bind Off:
Bind off 2 sts, [slip resulting st back onto left needle, cast on 2 sts using knitted cast on method, bind off 4 sts, place bead on st on right hand needle, bind off 2 sts] until 3 sts rem (including the one on your RH needle) slip st from RH needle back onto left needle, cast on 2 sts using knitted cast on method, bind off final 5 sts.
Soak in lukewarm water for 20 minutes. Gently squeeze out excess water and roll in a towel.
Lay flat on blocking surface and using blocking wires gently stretch into a "semi triangular" shape i.e. a triangle with a rounded bottom and curled tips of the wings.
Weave in ends.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Helen Stewart is a knitwear designer, blogger and crafter of random things and you can find her published patterns and blog here.
She lives in London, England which is a fantastic place for finding inspiration and meeting lovely knitters, and has exciting plans to publish a collection of designs with dear friend and creative extraordinaire Loba Van Heughton later this year.