Purple Caramel is a simple top down shawl knitted with two contrasting colors. The size and the textured body gives warmth, the beaded lace border and picot edging adds some feminine touch. Even though using pearls might sound frightening, the lace is simple enough for a beginner who is looking for challenges.
The story of the Purple Caramel is a story of experimenting. I love, love purple and I love unusual color combinations, so I took my time to find a perfect contrast color to my vivid purple yarn. The intense contrast of colors needed a solid background, so I decided to find a pattern that allows the colors to show themselves. The body of the shawl is very simple, as I felt that the stripes that are determined by mathematical sequences give enough detail to keep interest. Once I reached the lace border, the whole project gained speed. The yarn was a great choice too: a luxurious unplied single merino & silk yarn, wonderfully soft and warm.
YARN USED FOR THE SAMPLE
Manos Del Uruguay Fino (70% wool, 30% silk 245 yds 224 m /100g). C1: Topaz, 1 skein, C2: Magenta 2 skeins. You will need twice more yarn for C2 as C1.
Yarns that gives well draping texture, and can be blocked well, in fingering weight.
NEEDLES USED FOR SAMPLE
US 4 3.5 mm, 32” 80 cm long circular needles.
Stitch markers, tapestry needle. 135 beads (6/0, 4mm), 0.5 mm crochet needle.
SIZE OF THE SAMPLE
Wingspan at the top: 38” 96 cm, depth: 18” 46 cm.
Please note that in this particular project getting the right gauge is not essential. However, working with different yarn weight / gauge will affect both the yardage and the final size of the project as well.
Advanced. You have to knit, purl, work lace pattern, knit beads in.