Amillë is a beaded lace shawl featuring a unique construction method. It begins at the center back, with a circular cast on. After the first chart two of the sides are elongated, creating the central strip of leaves. Stitches are then picked up around this strip, and the remainder of the shawl is knit in the round. Although the end result appears quite complex, this uses only basic stitches, and is quite intuitive to work, making this an enjoyable (if long) project.
Beads (which are optional, but you really should bead!) are placed as you knit. This pattern features large, easy to read charts, full line by line directions, and stitch count totals for every row, which are broken down into sections, so you don’t have to count every stitch. It also has a photo schematic illustrating the unique construction.
This pattern is quite large (29 pages), but it has several features designed to help you navigate through it. Each section has cross reference links to help you jump between the overview, charts, and line by line directions. If you are knitting from a screen (computer, tablet, or smartphone) these are interactive, clickable links. The final 2 charts, which are quite large, are available both on a single page (for easy scrolling and zooming when viewed on a screen) and spread over two pages that you can cut and tape together. In addition this pattern has a fully functioning index, so you can choose which pages to print.
- Yarn: Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud Lace Yarn, 440 yards (50 g), 4 skeins
- Needles: U.S. Size 1.5 (2.5mm), set of 5 double point needles plus 1 long (at least 48”) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
- Other Materials: stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn, blocking pins and / or wires, 1200 seed beads (size 6/0 or 8/0), Super Floss, or 28 gauge wire (for adding beads), if desired
- Gauge: 28 stitches and 36 rows = 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch, after blocking. Correct gauge is critical for accurate yardage and finished size
- Finished Size: 22” (56 cm) wide x 76” (193 cm) long, after blocking
- * Bead Info: Smaller number/0 = larger beads. Larger number/0 = smaller beads. 1200 beads = 100g of 6/0 beads or 45g of 8/0 beads