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Wednesday, November 25, 2009


"Drink dew from the magnolia in the morning and take autumn chrysanthemum's falling petals as food in the evening."

- Li Sao

the garden variety collection
a beaded lace shawl
from the needles of Susan Pandorf

70 inches wid
e by 32 inches long

700 yds. Handmaiden Sea Silk or Mini Maiden in color: Origin
3000 size 8 Miyuke seed beads
#2422 silver lined topaz

34 accent beads (optional)
Size 5 (US) needles
Size 12 Crochet Hook, Large Eye Beading Needle, stitch markers

one pattern repeat in wave pattern = 2.5 inches (blocked)

charted pattern; advanced intermediate level

Here is a link for the accent beads I used:

leaf beads

This full-sized shawl features a wavy pattern reminiscent of Chrysanthemum flowers

divided by panels of wine glass lace.

The open section in the middle mimics the rounded lines of the waves

and segues into a larger leafy pattern with ribbed points.

Mums are thought by the Chinese to grant longevity and strength. Don’t know about that, but I do agree with the Japanese who celebrate a festival of happiness to commemorate the flower.

May the pattern bring happiness to both the knitter in the making of it and the recipient in the wearing of it!

Pattern is available here on the blog, on Ravelry as a direct download, and at Knitty Noddy, where Evelyn gives you $1 off the pattern price with the purchase of the yarn to complete the project.

Thank you for your patience!

Off to email the pattern to all subscribers...


Lost City Denise said...


This may be my favorite release yet!

Academic2 said...

your shawls are so beautiful.

Ash said...

I had to adjust my Christmas wish list for Chrysanthemum. It's beautiful.

Cat said...

OMG that is just gorgeous!!!