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Belarra by Susanna IC, Twist Collective Spring/Summer 2014, photo © Linus Ouellet Belarra takes its inspiration from the architectural qualities of ornamental grasses, which can grow to impressive sizes throughout the summer.

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The simple lace and cable pattern increases in size to mimic the growth of the grass stalks and it ends in a more elaborate border. The border reflects not only the complex shapes of the seed heads, but also the sinuous movement of the grasses blowing in the wind.

The shawl is worked from the top, starting with a shallow section of stockinette short rows, down to the lace border. Beads are added throughout for a bit of sparkle and for additional texture (725 6/0 4.00 mm seed beads, optional).

Published in Twist Collective, Spring/Summer 2014.

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Aristea by Susanna IC, Twist Collective Spring/Summer 2014, photo © Linus Ouellet Aristea shawls are inspired by the multitudes of tiny new flowers and leaves bursting everywhere during the spring season. The lace pattern features different shapes and sizes of leaves, while its interesting texture is created either by working nupps or by adding a few seed beads.
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The crescent is worked from the top down in a DK weight yarn and is shaped using a simple set of stockinette short rows (200 6/0 4.0mm seed beads, optional - can be worked as nupps or skipped). Width: 20" / 51 cm (center) Length: 68" / 172.5 cm (wingspan) Gauge DK weight yarn: 20 sts / 26 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st, unblocked, using US 7 / 4.5 mm needles

The rectangular stole version is worked in a lace weight yarn seamlessly from a center temporary cast on down to both ends (100 6/0 4.0mm seed beads, optional - can be worked as nupps or skipped). Width: 17.5" / 44.5 cm Length: 84" / 213.5 cm Gauge lace weight yarn: 24 sts / 32 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st, unblocked, using US 6 / 4.0 mm needles

Published in Twist Collective, Spring/Summer 2014.

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Xylia by Susanna IC, The Downton Club by Woolgirl, photo © Artqualia Xylia - When I was planning this design, I asked myself what would the women of Downton wear on cold winter days. I think that they would wear their beautifully elegant gowns, as always, and they would accessorize with gorgeous shawls and wraps to stay warm in their lavish home.
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I wanted to design a shawl that not only Lady Cora or Lady Mary could wear, but one that would be timeless and appropriate for today's world. Inspiration for Xylia comes from the stark beauty of evergreen trees, often the only source of color in a snowy landscape, while the shape of Xylia's lace border is reminiscent of their deep green branches.

Xylia, meaning 'of the forest', is knitted in one piece, side-to-side, out of a single skein of a beautiful hand-dyed merino. The body of the shawl is worked in simple garter stitch and its lace is easy enough even for a beginner lace knitter. Beads are added to the edge stitches for extra drape and sparkle; however, the shawl looks great even without the beads. If desired, instead of beading every right side row, a single bead can be added to each tip of the lace edging - simply add a bead only to Row 7 of the lace.

The shawl can be left unblocked and worn tucked into a neckline of a jacket. Blocked into a larger size, it can be draped around shoulders like a traditional shawl, or worn loosely much like a long scarf. Elegant and practical, casual or dressed up, Xylia will provide a touch of vibrant color throughout the year.

This pattern was originally published as part of The Downton Club by Woolgirl in February 2014. It will be offered for direct Ravelry download six months after the publication date. If you would like to be notified when the pdf becomes available, please leave a note in the comments section (login required) on Ravelry Xylia page.

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Isen by Susanna IC, Twist Collective Winter 2013, photo © Linus Ouellet Blaeberry - Inspired by lush spring and summer blooms, Blaeberry is worked seamlessly from a temporary cast on to both ends, which allows its size to be easily customized. The pattern pdf offers two sizes in two different yarn weights; a large rectangular lace weight stole and a fingering weight scarf.
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The body of each wrap is a simple and quick-to-knit lace; the shawl and the scarf each feature unique combinations of different background stitches. Both are adorned with more elaborate borders, which use only basic stitches to create beautiful floral shapes.

Published in Louet North America, Spring 2014.

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Isen by Susanna IC, Twist Collective Winter 2013, photo © Linus Ouellet Isen - Inspired by the complex geometry of ice crystals, Isen is knitted from the bottom up starting with the deep ruffled border. The textured section is worked next - embossed stitches outline geometric shapes reminiscent of ice crystals with sparkling beads added throughout.
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The shawl is then shaped into a crescent with simple reverse stockinette short rows, which are finished with a beaded border. 3-stitch I-cord bind off is worked last to reinforce the shawl's top edge.

Published in Twist Collective, Winter 2013.

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Ornata by Susanna IC, Dream in Color Designs, photo © Dream in Color Ornata - Designed to make the most of this gorgeous Dream in Color yarn, Ornata (meaning 'ornament') features beautiful lace combined with a unique and versatile shape. The elongated narrow crescent shape makes this shawl very practical;
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it can be draped around the shoulders as a traditional shawl, wrapped close to the neck and tucked into a jacket, or worn open as a casual long scarf.
Ornata is worked from the top down, starting with simple stockinette short rows and ending with a deep lace border. While the beaded lace may look complicated, it is surprisingly easy to knit because it uses only basic stitches and the addition of beads is optional (200 6/0 4.0mm seed beads).

Ornata is available only through the Dream in Color November Dream Club at this time. The pattern will become available for sale at a regular price in February 2014.
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Gothica by Susanna IC, Woolgirl Embrace the Lace Club, photo © Woolgirl Gothica - In celebration of all things gothic, I designed this shawl for the Halloween installment of Woolgirl's knitting club. I wanted to make the most of this incredible hand-dyed yarn with its brilliant mix of colors, so I kept the design simple.
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Gothica's shape is an interesting asymmetric triangle; it is fairly shallow at its deepest point and elongated to allow for many different ways of wrapping around the wearer's shoulders - it can be worn as a traditional shawl or a long scarf. I kept the lace pattern super simple - the pattern repeat is only ten stitches wide. This is great for beginner lace knitters and is also very convenient for counting stitches. I added a few gunmetal-colored beads here and there for extra sparkle, but the shawl will look great even without them (120 6/0 4 mm glass seed beads).

All in all, Gothica is a quick knit, an excellent last-minute gift idea and a great stash-busting project because it uses only one skein of fingering weight yarn.

This pattern was originally published as part of Woolgirl's Knitting Club in October 2013.

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Meristem by Susanna IC, ArtQualia Designs, photo © Susanna IC Meristem - Inspired by the changing seasons and designed in celebration of the spring and autumn equinox, Meristem is a top-down crescent shawl with a twist - its unusual construction creates a unique and interesting shape with an intricate border.
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The shawl's name, Meristem, comes from plant anatomy; it is defined as a region of cells located at root and shoot tips, capable of division and growth. I thought this scientific term was a perfect description of the lace pattern, which starts with large leaves and then branches into tiny leafy shoots along the bottom edge. The straight lines, from which the lace design develops, are reminiscent not only of growing branches but also of the sunrays peeking through foliage. The large circular eyelets are reminders of the sun's daily and yearly passage through the sky.

Meristem is designed with six different options to choose from - a large or a small size with many beads, fewer beads, or without beads. There are two options for beading given, but the project will also look great without any beads. Worked in either lace or fingering weight yarn, the lace pattern is simple enough even for a novice lace knitter because it includes only basic stitches and the wrong side rows are all purled. So, choose your options and let Meristem take you on a romantic journey through nature's growth and transformation.

Published in ArtQualia Designs.
(Originally published as Autumn Mystery KAL 2013.)

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Helada by Susanna IC, Great Finnish Yarn Club from Villavyyhti, October 2013, photo © Susanna IC Helada - First frost, all is quiet and still, few early snowflakes drift through the chilled air, and everywhere you look the edges of leaves and grasses are etched in silvery white frozen lace. Helada takes its inspiration from this unique and special time when nature transforms into an ethereal fairyland.
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The shawl is worked from the center down to the edges; its body is a simple lace reminiscent of snowflakes and its deep borders feature intricate leaves. Shimmering crystal beads trickle down the lace and outline the leaf shapes along the edges, mimicking nature's beautiful frozen artwork (500 3.1 mm 8/0 glass seed beads, optional).

This pattern was originally published as part of the Great Finnish Yarn Club from Villavyyhti in August 2013. It will be offered for direct Ravelry download six months after the publication date. If you would like to be notified when the pdf becomes available, please leave a note at Ravelry in the comments section (login required).

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Sirenia by Susanna IC, Embrace the Lace Knitting Club from Woolgirl, photo © Woolgirl Sirenia - She sells seashells by the seashore. I remember the first time I've heard this tongue twister, I was wondering who the 'she' could be. The only logical option at the time seemed to be a mermaid. After all, she lives in the sea and has access to the most beautiful seashells.
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When I saw this 'She Sells Seashells' yarn, I was reminded of my mermaid idea and this inspired me to design a shawl based on this theme. Sirenia is worked in one piece starting with the lace border along the bottom edge; it is shaped into a crescent with easy stockinette short rows.

The lace pattern along the bottom edge of the shawl looks like tiny mermaid tails, which fits perfectly with the inspiration. To mimic the frothy ocean waves breaking along the shore, I added some simple wavy lace stitches along with a few yarn overs reminiscent of bubbles sparkling on the water.

This pattern was originally published as part of the Embrace the Lace Knitting Club from Woolgirl in August 2013.

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Obsidian by Susanna IC, Woolen Rabbit Yarn Club, photo © Artqualia
Obsidian - New York City's Chrysler Building is one of the most recognizable icons of its time due to the quintessential Art Deco architecture. The building's stunning features served as an inspiration for the Obsidian shawl.
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The building's upper tier with its unique arches inspired me to create a lace pattern that reflects these curves. I added silver-lined crystal beads throughout the design; these not only mimic the reflective quality of the building's steel-plated shapes, but are also in keeping with the era's love of all things ornate and decorative.

This shawl is worked in one piece starting with the lace border along the bottom edge; it is shaped into a crescent with easy stockinette short rows. While the lace pattern may seem intricate, it uses only basic stitches and the reverse rows are simply purled.

This pattern was originally published as part of the Woolen Rabbit Yarn Club in August 2013.

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Cerris by Susanna IC, Twist Collective, Fall 2013, photo © Jane Hellers
Cerris - Reminiscent of colorful autumn foliage cascading from tree tops, this crescent shawl features an interesting pattern that combines lace elements with cables, textured stitches, and optional bobbles or beads.
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Cerris is knitted in one piece starting at the bottom edge and its versatile crescent shape is created with a set of short rows. The cables and texture continue through the short rows all the way to the applied I-cord bind off.

Published in Twist Collective, Fall 2013.

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Mistral Stole by Susanna IC, Interweave Knits, Fall 2013, photo © Interweave Knits
Mistral Stole - This rectangular stole combines the modern with the traditional, the soft flowing quality of organic shapes with a streamlined geometric look. Worked in a gossamer lace yarn, Mistral Stole is knitted in two halves, from the center out to the more elaborate ends, using a temporary cast on.
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Double yarn overs are worked in straight columns to give this shawl an unexpected deconstructed quality. These clean geometric lines are juxtaposed with the fluid organic shapes of the traditional melon stitch pattern. The melon stitch itself is updated and re-worked not only for easier execution, but also for more distinct and rounder shapes.

Published in Interweave Knits, Fall 2013.

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Mermaid's Song by Susanna IC, The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits/ Special Issue 2013, photo © Interweave Knits
Mermaid's Song - This shawl is inspired by the mysterious world of mermaids so vividly imagined in Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire. The open lace along the bottom edge imitates the sinuous movement of underwater plants and the elongated beads glimmer and shine in sunlight much like water droplets.
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First, the deep border is knitted in one piece, side-to-side. The border mimics the movement and texture of waves by combining cables with lace. After the border is complete, stitches are picked up along the top edge and the shawl is shaped into a crescent with a set of simple stockinette short rows.

Published in The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits 2013.

Come seek us where our voices sound
we cannot sing above the ground
and while you're searching ponder this
we've taken what you'll sorely miss.

An hour long you'll have to look
to recover what we took
an hour's gone, the prospect's black
too late, it's gone, it won't come back.


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Coriolis Hat & Infinity Cowl by Susanna IC, Photo © ArtQualia, Model Natalie MacA
Coriolis Hat & Infinity Cowl - The rotation of the Earth creates an interesting effect on free moving objects on the planet; it forces winds to shift towards the right or left, forming clouds into coiled, spiral-like shapes. This phenomenon, called the Coriolis Effect, served as the inspiration for this hat and cowl set.
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The spiraling pattern is achieved by combining yarn overs with simple decreases; it is easy to memorize and suitable even for a beginner lace knitter. The lace is very elastic making both accessories stretchy enough to accommodate a large range of sizes and easy to customize just by working a different number of pattern repeats.

Published in Knit Picks.

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Effervescence by Susanna IC, Photo © ArtQualia
Effervescence is a one-skein, quick-to-knit project, and a perfect introduction to lace and beaded knitting. The entire shawl is worked in basic garter stitch; all the increases are easy yarn overs and the decreases are simple knit-two-together.
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This shawl is worked in one piece, side-to-side, to make the most out of a single skein of beautiful hand-painted yarn. The lace border incorporates all the increases and decreases that shape the shawl, which creates an uninterrupted field of garter stitch making the shawl fully reversible.

Beads can be added to the edge stitches for extra drape and sparkle (blue sample shawl); however, the shawl looks great even without the beads (pink sample shawl). If desired, instead of beading every right side row, a single bead can be added to each tip of the lace edging - simply add a bead only to row 7 of the lace (344 4mm 6/0 seed beads for fully beaded shawl; 57 4mm 6/0 beads for tips-only option).

The shawl can be left unblocked for a fun little neck scarf, perfect for tucking into neckline of coats and jackets, or it can be blocked to a more traditional shoulder shawl size. The shawl can be worn loosely like a long scarf or it can be wrapped closer around the neck for extra warmth. Stylish, fun, and practical, Effervescence will add a bright touch of color to any wardrobe.

Published in Knit Picks, May 2013.

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Calanthe by Susanna IC, Photo © Quince & Co.
Calanthe - The inspiration for this crescent-shaped shawl came from the countless orchid species and their amazing variety of shapes and colors. In order to emulate these incredible plants in my shawl, I combined textured stitches and beaded lace elements.
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Calanthe, a rare English name meaning 'beautiful orchid', is worked in one piece starting at the long top edge. The shawl is shaped using short rows which flow seamlessly into embossed leaf and petal elements. Beaded lace segments adorn the bottom edge of the shawl (470 6/0 4.0mm glass seed beads - optional).

Published by Quince & Co., April 2013.

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Tendrils by Susanna IC, Photo © Twist Collective, Aimee Gille, Kate Gilbert Tendrils - Featuring beaded floral and leaf lace shapes along with curling lines reminiscent of tender plant shoots, these two shawls echo nature's amazing creativity during spring and summer seasons. The romantic and delicate character of the lace is balanced by its strong vertical lines; this juxtaposition unites both elements in an interesting and modern look.
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The rectangular stole is worked in two identical halves starting at the bottom edges, which are grafted together seamlessly at the center.

The crescent shawl is worked from the cast on at the bottom of the deep lace border and is shaped by a set of stockinette short rows. The short row section is finished with a simple beaded edge worked just before the bind off.

Although the original samples are worked in a lace weight yarn, a fingering weight yarn can also be used for both versions, the stole and the crescent.

The beads are optional; however, they make an interesting addition to the project while adding extra drape and sparkle to the finished shawls (Stole: 818 8/0 3.1mm seed beads, Crescent: 307 6/0 4.0mm seed beads). The beading schemes are interchangeable - the crescent can be beaded with the beading placement from the stole chart and vice versa (the bead requirements would be different from the numbers listed above).

Published in Twist Collective, Spring/Summer 2013.

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Aimatia by Susanna IC, Photo © ArtQualia, Model Liz MacA
Aimatia - The inspiration for this shawl came from the incredible tulip fields in Netherlands. The flowers seem to go on for miles, infinite, much like an ocean painted in a fantastic array of colors and you can find yourself lost in a veritable rainbow of brilliant hues.
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While you marvel at the endless variety of colors and shapes, you suddenly understand why a spring flower became a national obsession and such a valuable commodity in the 1600's.

Aimatia, Latin name meaning 'from garden of flowers', is a crescent shawl worked from the top down starting with a section of stockinette short rows. The lace begins with simple shapes reminiscent of flower bulbs, which grow into strong stems and leaves, much like a real tulip plant. Finally, the blooms open at the top of the plants and give Aimatia its pretty ornamental edge.

Glass seed beads outline the floral shapes and add beautiful sparkle to the lace; however, they are completely optional and the shawl will look great even without the beads.

Top-down crescent shawl, lace or fingering weight yarn, in two sizes with detailed directions for further size customization.
Short rows, lace, beads (optional - glass seed beads 8/0 3.1mm for lace weight or 6/0 4.0mm for fingering yarn - approx 1300 for large and 550 for small size).

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Ferywen by Susanna IC, Photo © ArtQualia Ferywen - The inspiration for this shawl comes from the juniper tree and its stark beauty, vigor, and resilience. There is some evidence that the hardy juniper may have been one of the first trees to colonize Northern Europe as the ice sheets retreated at the end of the last Ice Age. Interestingly, the juniper tree also played an important role in the life of the ancient Celtic people as a protector against dangerous forces.
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For Ferywen, Welsh for 'juniper', I wanted to create a lace pattern which would combine Celtic shapes with the geometry of evergreen leaves and branches. I used some simple nupps to mimic the texture of juniper berries; however, these can be easily replaced with beads for a bit of extra sparkle.

This shawl is worked in one piece starting with the lace border along the bottom edge and is shaped into a crescent with simple stockinette short rows. The final three rows prior to bind off are worked in seed stitch to prevent rolling along the top edge. While the lace pattern may seem intricate, it uses only basic stitches, the reverse rows are purled, and the addition of nupps or beads is optional.

This pattern was originally published as part of the Fibre Space Neighborhood Fiber Co Gift Club, in December 2012. Ferywen is now available for direct Ravelry dowload.

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Beithe by Susanna IC, Photo © ArtQualia, Model Natalie MacA
Beithe - I love autumn, the crisp mornings and cooler days with their promise of change feel invigorating after a long hot summer. I find endless inspiration in the season's incredible variety of colors and textures, so I wanted to design a shawl that would combine leaf shapes with interesting textures.
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I decided to use the diamond lace motifs along the shawl's edge because they resemble the shapes of birch leaves and I added a few simple cables with some purled stitches to create more texture.

Beithe got its name from the ancient Ogham alphabet where each letter is named after a tree; 'beith' means birch tree.

The amazing hand dyed colors of this Lisa Souza yarn are a perfect match for the colors of birch leaves in autumn. The yarn is a blend of wool and silk; the wool provides warmth and coziness to the shawl while the silk content enhances the overall drape.

Using just a single skein of this beautiful yarn, Beithe is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the textured border. The shawl's practical crescent shape is created by a set of short rows, which is worked in easy stockinette stitch and bound off with a 2-stitch I-cord.

Published by Knitty, Deep Fall 2012.

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Flutter by Susanna IC, Skein Theory, Fall 2012, Photo © Skein Theory
Flutter - This rectangular wrap can be easily customized to just about any size, from a small neckwarmer requiring only one skein of main color to a large stole. Since it is worked mostly in stockinette, this project is suitable for an advanced beginner.
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Sizes: Neckwarmer (scarf, stole)
Yarn: Lace weight yarn, approximately 270 (550, 925) yds / 247 (503, 845) m (A) Fingering weight yarn, approximately 80 (150, 175) yds / 73 (137, 160) m (B)

Flutter is worked sideways in one piece, which results in the interesting vertical striping. Easy stockinette knitted on larger needles gives this design the feel of delicate lace without a single lace stitch. The stockinette sections are combined with stripes of reversible slip stitch color work. These stripes are knitted on much smaller needles, which creates the overall ruffled texture.

Published by Skein Theory, Vol 1, Fall 2012.

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Damate by Susanna IC, Skein Theory, Fall 2012, Photo © Susanna IC, Model Liz MacA
Damate - The Damate set of accessories uses a simple slip stitch pattern to make the most of the beautiful hand-dyed colors and to allow the unique yarn truly shine. Elegant beads in a complementary color are added for a bit of unexpected sparkle.
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The pattern has elasticity because of the ribbing in the hat and mitts, but can easily be sized up or down by adding motifs.

Sizes: Hat one size, to fit 18" to 22" head; Neckwarmer: 9" (23 cm) by 25" (63.5 cm); Mitts, one size, to fit 6.5" to 8.5" hand
Notions: Approx 330 size 5/0 4.50 mm beads (optional)
Yarn: Sport weight yarn, approximately 650 yds / 595 m (205 yds / 188 m for hat; 205 yds / 188 m for cowl; 233 yds / 213 m for mitts)

Published in Skein Theory, Vol 1, Fall 2012.

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Dewren by Susanna IC, Photo © Carrie Bostick Hoge Derwen - Inspired by the beautiful colors and shapes of autumn foliage, Derwen combines intricately textured stitches with cables and lace elements
in a warm knit. The generously sized wrap is worked in one piece starting with an I-cord cast on and cabled short rows, which shape the shawl into a crescent.
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The short rows are followed by highly textured leaf elements ending with open lace segments along the bottom edge.

The I-cord cast on is optional; however, a firm cast on is important because the crescent shape needs to be supported during blocking to allow the lace points to stretch fully. A stretchy cast on may result in curling along the top edge and in less definition of the points at the lower edge.

Published in Twist Collective, Fall 2012.

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Quilla by Susanna IC, Windy Valley Muskox, Photo © ArtQualia Quilla - Let's just say that the yarn served as the inspiration for this design. When I received this exquisite guanaco yarn I was amazed by its incredible softness (it feels even softer than cashmere), but also by its gorgeous natural color. I've set aside all the other design ideas I was working on for this shawl and I spent a lot of time researching guanacos.
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I was inspired to design a shawl reflecting the area of the South American continent where this precious fiber originates.

Throughout history people in this region have produced beautifully ornamental art - in their contemporary textiles or in their sculpture and architecture dating back to antiquity. I feel that this lace pattern is intricate enough to echo the complex beauty of the original artwork.

Quilla is worked from the bottom edge in one piece starting with the deep beaded lace and is shaped into a crescent with simple stockinette short rows. The top edge features a narrow beaded lace just before the bind off. Even though the lace pattern may seem complex, it uses only basic stitches, its reverse rows are simply purled and addition of the beads is optional (925 3.10 mm 8/0 glass seed beads).

Published by Windy Valley Muskox.

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Aurita by Susanna IC, Photo © ArtQualia
Aurita - Inspired by the luminous greens of willow trees in early spring, their new leaves glistening in the sun after a sudden shower...
This shawl is knitted in one piece, side-to-side, out of a single indulgent skein of pure cashmere.
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Aurita's lace border features a traditional Estonian stitch, the exquisite Lily of the Valley. Beads are added to the border enhancing the graceful lines of the lace stitches, adding extra drape and interest to the project (198 4mm 6/0 seed beads).

The shawl can be worn loosely like a long scarf or it can be wrapped closer around the neck for extra warmth. Elegant and practical, Aurita will add a brilliant touch of color to any wardrobe.

Published by Earthfaire.

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Emerantha by Susanna IC, Woolgirl Embrace the Lace Club, Photo © Woolgirl Emerantha is inspired by fairies and their ethereal wings - the wings of butterflies, dragonflies and other insects - fluttering in woodlands at twilight. When Woolgirl asked me if I would be interested in designing a shawlette with a Fairy Tale theme, I was intrigued. We discussed the darker side of classic fairy tales, specifically the original stories collected by the Brothers Grimm.
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This is where the inspiration for Emerantha came from: Midsummer night... All around you the ancient forest starts getting ready for the night, fading light sparkles through the darkening foliage and tiny movements begin to appear just outside your field of vision. You watch the deepening shadows spread through the woods when mysterious creatures start to appear all around you...

The incredible colors of this Hazel Knits yarn reflect the deep dark colors of a night forest exactly, serving as an additional source of inspiration. The wing-shaped lace motifs include sparkling beads to emulate the flickering quality of the fading daylight.

This shawl is shaped as a crescent to allow for different ways of tying and wrapping. It is knitted in one piece starting at the bottom edge of the lace; its curved shape is created by a set of garter stitch short rows. Simplified wing motifs are repeated along the top edge for additional interest while the beads help enhance the drape of the finished shawl.

This pattern was published as part of the Embrace the Lace Knitting Club by Woolgirl in May 2012.

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Frederica by Susanna IC, Jane Austen Knits, Summer 2012, Photo © Christa Tippmann
Frederica - Inspired by Frederica, the sweet and kind daughter of Lady Susan, this crescent shawl features dainty floral lace combined with delicate beads. A gossamer shawl like this could have been worn by Frederica to her wedding and then used for many years as an accessory for her evening gowns.
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This wrap is worked in one piece starting at the bottom edge of the lace followed by a set of stockinette short rows, which shape the shawl into a versatile crescent. At the top edge, just before the bind off, the short row section is finished with beaded floral lace segments for added interest (total 350 8/0 3.1mm seed beads).

Note about the yardage requirement - I used approximately 500 yards from the 1250 yard skein for the sample shawlette.

If optional beads are used, you will need approximately 250 size 5/0 (4.5 mm) beads and a crochet hook small enough to fit through the hole of the bead.

Published in Jane Austen Knits, Summer 2012.
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Marigold by Susanna IC, The Sock Report, volume 1, Photo © The Sock Report Marigold - Marigold is inspired by the happy little flower that brightens so many summer gardens. Just like its namesake, this stole features many small petals at the center together with larger leaves along the borders while beads shimmer along the edges much like droplets of the morning dew.
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The wrap is worked seamlessly from a center temporary cast on down to both ends. The main body is a simple and quick-to-knit leaf lace, which contrasts nicely with the more elaborate border stitches. Optional beading along the edges makes a pretty addition to the knit and adds extra weight and interest to the finished shawl.

If optional beads are used, you will need approximately 250 size 5/0 (4.5 mm) beads and a crochet hook small enough to fit through the hole of the bead.

Published in The Sock Report, volume 1.

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Hercynia by Susanna IC, Woolgirl Once Upon a Time: A Classic Fairy Tale Knitting Club, Photo © ArtQualia Hercynia - slouchy hat and fingerless mitts set based on the story of Hansel & Gretel. Hercynia is the original name of an ancient forest that includes the modern Black Forest region, the setting of Hansel & Gretel. The cable pattern mimics the look of huge tree trunks in a deep forest and the slip stitch pattern reflects the look of leafy green canopy.
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Sizes:
Hat: 10" tall, 24" circumference at the widest point (blocked, not stretched) Mitts: 7.5" long, 6" circumference (blocked, not stretched)

The circumference of the hat and of the mitts can be easily customized by adding or subtracting number of cast on stitches, while the height of the hat and the length of the mitts can be changed simply by working a different number of rounds. The hat can be blocked into a slouch or a beret shape.

This pattern was published as part of the Embrace the Lace Knitting Club by Woolgirl in May 2012.

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Stellaria by Susanna IC, Twist Collective, Spring/Summer 2012, Photo © Jane Heller
Stellaria is inspired by the fascinating shapes of the Lady's Mantle plant with its thick sculptural leaves and multitudes of tiny blooms. Stellaria is a crescent shaped shawl, worked in one piece from the garter stitch top down to the lace borders.
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The floral shapes are created by numerous increases giving the shawl a slightly ruffled edge after blocking.

Published in Twist Collective, Spring/Summer 2012.

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Summer Blooms by Susanna IC, Interweave Knits, Summer 2012, Photo © Interweave Knits Summer Blooms - Inspired by the traditional Frost Flowers lace pattern, this crescent shawl is a perfect accessory for breezy summer dresses. The sprinkling of beads mimics dewdrops on flowers on an early summer morning. The beads along the bind off edge add extra interest and sparkle as well as help prevent rolling of the top edge.
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(total 276 8/0 3.1mm seed beads)
This wrap is knitted in one piece starting at the bottom edge of the lace followed by few decreases and short rows, which form the curved crescent shape.

Note about the yardage requirement - I used just under 500 yards from the 875 yard skein for the sample shawlette.

Published by Interweave Knits, Summer 2012.

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Giardiana by Susanna IC, Twist Collective, Spring/Summer 2012, Photo © Jane Heller Giardina shawl is inspired by the myriad of beautiful flowers emerging in every garden during spring and summer. Traditional Estonian stitches reminiscent of petals and leaves flow from a center temporary cast on down to both ends. The main body is a simple and quick-to-knit lace, which contrasts nicely with the more elaborate border stitches.
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Beads start trickling in about half way down each half with many more decorating the borders (total 310 3.1 mm 8/0 glass seed beads, crochet hook 0.60 mm for bead placement).

Published by Twist Collective, Spring/Summer 2012.

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Tethys by Susanna IC, Photo © ArtQualia Tethys - Some of my favorite memories from childhood are the ones of summers spent at the Baltic Sea. I remember the serene shades of blues and greens mixed with cool grays, the waves capped with white frothy bubbles lapping at the beaches full of interesting pebbles, the fresh scent of the breeze...
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Although I've been lucky enough to visit other sea and ocean shores, there is something about the serenity of the north that still resonates for me. For a long time I've been trying to capture that feeling in a design so I could wrap the sea around me and after many attempts I am finally pleased with the result.

The hand dyed colors of this Fiber Optica Silken Blend are a perfect reflection of the tranquil sea while its high silk content enhances the shawl's drape. First the textured edging is worked from end to end; the simple cables create the look of waves and the seed stitch sections emulate the pebbly sands of the sea shore. Stitches are then picked up along the top of the edging and a set of short rows is worked to create the shawls elongated curved shape. A few yarn overs are added in along the edge to mimic the effervescent tips of the waves.

Published in Knitty, Spring + Summer 2012.

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Seychelles by Susanna IC, Photo © ArtQualia Seychelles - When Miss Babs asked me to design a shawlette with an island theme for her new knitting club, I searched many images for inspiration. The most beautiful image that I found of the Seychelles shows an island cove with a pristine beach and incredibly blue ocean waves rushing to the shore. The waves are topped with frothy white crests and sparkle in bright sunshine.
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I was so inspired that I wanted to interpret this image in lace as precisely as possible. I knew I wanted to use a crescent shape for the shawl because its gentle curve would echo the coastline in the inspiration photo exactly. I chose a simple meandering lace pattern for the central portion of the lace border and incorporated some textured stitches to mimic the rippling waves. A few basic lace stitches emulate the wave crests along the bottom edge of the shawl along with a sprinkling of silver-lined beads that reflect light much like the real ocean waves do.

This pattern was originally published as part of the Miss Babs Knitting Tour 2012 in March 2012.

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Hester by Susanna IC, Photo © Woolgirl Hester - When Woolgirl asked me to design a capelet inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter, I was intrigued by the idea of interpreting a Romantic novel in a knit that would be wearable and relevant to modern knitters. Although firmly rooted in the Puritan culture, Hester Prynne remains one of the most important and enigmatic female characters in American literature.
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Some call her the embodiment of deep contradictions - guilt and honesty, sin and holiness, sex and chastity - it is this schism of values that keeps Hester interesting to modern readers.

The novel is set in the 1600's in Puritan Boston and at a first glance the Puritan fashion of that time may seem rather sober and uninteresting, with bland colors and without much ornamentation. However, beautiful lace and embroidered edgings were often found on clothes of wealthier men and women and on the special clothes reserved for church attendance. Hester's love of ornamentation is evidenced from the beginning of the novel by the gold embellishment of the letter 'A' and by the fact that she supported herself and her daughter by doing embroidery work.

Capes of all shapes and sizes were an important part of everyone's attire and I tried to imagine what sort of garment Hester would wear: smaller in scale and simple in shape, with just a touch of ornamentation. To start with, I added simple lace inserts to stockinette background and then added a few beads to the lace for interest. The lace also incorporates seed stitch for texture, which is echoed by the seed stitch border along the bottom edge. I used an I-cord along the front and a hidden closure at the front neck to maintain the capelet's clean lines and to give it extra structure.

This pattern was originally published as part of the Classic Writers (The Romantics) Knitting Club from Woolgirl in March 2012.

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Diantha by Susanna IC, Photo © ArtQualia Diantha - One day last November it was cold and rainy and there was not even a speck of green among all the muddy colors outside. I was dreaming of lush gardens full of beautiful flowers and I was inspired to create a shawl that would look like a garden, so I could have colorful blooms all year long. The shawlette's name, Diantha, is of Greek origin meaning 'heavenly flower'.
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The shawlette is worked from the bottom edge in one piece starting with the lace and is shaped into a crescent with simple stockinette short rows. The lace panel, the short rows and the bind off include nupps and beads for texture; these can be worked in any combination or omitted altogether.

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Geada by Susanna IC, Twist Collective, Winter 2011, Photo © Jane Heller Geada - Inspired by the intricate artwork created by frost on windowpanes, this shawl combines lace elements with a variety of cables and textures. Geada (Portuguese, meaning 'frost') is knitted in one piece starting at the bottom edge of the lace panel. Its versatile crescent shape is created with a set of short rows.
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The cables and texture continue through the short rows all the way to the applied I-cord bind off.
A loose cast on is essential for a successful shawl. The pattern calls for using a needle one size larger for casting on; if your cast on is usually tight, use an even larger size.

The applied I-cord bind off is optional; however, a firm bind off is important because the crescent shape needs to be supported during blocking to allow the lace points to stretch fully. A stretchy bind off may result in curling along the bound off edge and in less definition of the points at the lower edge.

Published by Twist Collective, Winter 2011.

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Syrinx by Susanna IC, Knitcircus Magazine, Issue #16, Winter 2011-2012, Photo © Knitcircus Syrinx - Syrinx aruanus is a species of a giant sea snail found off the coast of Australia, which is remarkable not only for its enormous size but also for the architectural beauty of its shell. The shell forms a perfect spiral with very distinctive ridges, which I wanted to capture in this design. The spiraling lace pattern is formed with yarn overs paired with basic decreases;
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it is easy to memorize and suitable even for a beginner lace knitter. The pattern includes beads for a little unexpected sparkle, but the addition of the beads is completely optional.

The lace pattern is elastic and the accessories are stretchy enough to accommodate a large range of sizes; however, the size of both can be customized just by working extra repeats of the lace pattern. Practical and elegant, quick and easy to knit, this set of accessories will keep you warm throughout the wintry days.

Hat (0.5 skein / 200 yards):
Circumference: 24" at the widest point
Height: 10.5" from the edge of ribbing to top of the crown
Cowl (1 skein / 400 yards):
Length: 50"
Width: 9"

Originally published in Knitcircus Magazine, Winter 2011-2012.

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Dracula by Susanna IC, Photo © Susanna IC Dracula - the horror, the shock, the revulsion, the gore, and the underlying romance of it all ... Man/Woman, Day/Night, Good/Evil, Death/Life, Love/Hate - these enduring themes of contradiction and opposition continue to draw new readers into the realm of vampires. You imagine yourself there in the darkened world where he swoops in and embraces you in his large diaphanous wings making you feel safe and secure in a fleeting moment of ecstasy.
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This shawl retells the original story in yarn. The lace pattern starts with the Mina's heart section, which echoes the romantic undercurrent of the entire novel. The eerie gothic castle setting is reflected in the shapes of flying buttresses which evolve into fluttering bats. The final edge sections are designed to look like actual batwings, so that the wings will embrace you completely when you wrap the shawl around you.

The story is also reflected in the yarn itself. The overall color is the hue of a scab: a dark brownish-red punctuated with a few specks of dark blood red. Blood drips along the length of the shawl in form of bright red beads, starting with a few droplets at the center of the shawl and ending with veritable blood pools along the bottom edges.

I have always been fascinated by a good vampire story and several exceptional ones come to mind immediately. Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of them. Even though I have read this book many times, it never fails to deliver the thrill and suspense of an authentic Victorian gothic tale. So it should come as no surprise that I was more than thrilled to be able to work on this design for Woolgirl's Victorian Writers Knitting Club. To help bring the timeless story to life, I took the photos at an early 12th century castle and at a medieval cemetery. I really loved spending time with my old friend and, if you decide to join me, I hope you'll enjoy your journey into the Count's fascinating world: "Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!"

This pattern was originally published as part of the Victorian Writers Knitting Club from Woolgirl in October 2011.

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Vercana by Susanna IC, Photo © Susanna IC Vercana - Featuring a uniquely textured slanted cable pattern, Vercana hat is knitted with one skein of the ever-popular Malabrigo Worsted. The hat can take a shape of a slouch, as pictured, or it can fit as a standard cap simply by changing the number of pattern repeats. As a slouch, Vercana will appeal to women, but worked as a standard cap in a masculine color it will look great on men as well.
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Taranis - Featuring deeply sculpted cables in an overall pattern, Taranis will look equally as great on a man as on a woman. In addition, this hat will make a great last minute gift project because it is quick to knit in any worsted weight yarn and its size can be easily modified to fit the recipient.
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Caireen by Susanna IC, Photo © Susanna IC Caireen - Designed to match the Caireen shawl (Knitty Deep Fall 2010), this hat features intricately braided cables inspired by ancient Celtic knotwork. The warm alpaca yarn provides sharp definition to the cables as well as lovely drape that enhances the overall fit of the hat. The hat can be worn as a beret as shown in the sample or as a slouch.
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Gweneira by Susanna IC, Photo © Susanna IC Gweneira - Inspired by the first downy snowfall of winter season, Gweneira features softly sculpted cables to create the look of windblown snow. Paired with the matching Gweneira shawl (Knitty Winter 2011), this hat will keep you protected even in the coldest weather thanks to the brushed alpaca yarn, which is warm and cozy although it feels almost weightless. The hat will fit a large range of head sizes because the cable and ribbing pattern is elastic; however, the fit is also easy to customize.
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Sulis by Susanna IC, Photo © Susanna IC Sulis - Knitted out of a single skein of bulky yarn, Sulis neckwarmer is a perfect last minute gift for a man or a woman. The deeply textured cables are not only interesting to knit, but help make this accessory warm enough even for the coldest winter day. Sulis is easy to modify in length and in width, so that it can be made taller for extra warmth or it can knitted long enough to wrap around the neck twice like an infinity cowl.
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Polaris by Susanna IC, Photo © Susanna IC Polaris - Midnight: sky of the deepest blue, moon's silver crescent, twinkling stars ... This shawl is inspired by the North Star - mankind's constant companion and essential nighttime guide since the dawn of civilization. Fifteen large lace diamonds form the central star motif, which is placed on a background of smaller shapes reminiscent of sparkling stars.
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Beads are placed throughout the lace to further enhance the impression of a starry sky and to provide extra texture and drape to the finished piece.

Polaris is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the lace section followed by short rows, which give the shawl its versatile crescent form. The elongated shape offers numerous ways of tying and draping without the need for a shawl pin. This project is not difficult even for the beginner lace knitter because the lace pattern is formed with fairly basic stitches, the reverse rows are purled and the addition of beads is optional.

Originally Susanna IC Mystery KAL lace crescent shawl.

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Blue Thistle Shawl by Susanna IC, Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2011, Photo © Interweave Knits Blue Thistle Shawl - Published in Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2011.
Architectural beauty of the thistle plant serves as an inspiration for this generously sized wrap. Knitted in one piece starting at the bottom edge of the lace panels, the shawl is then shaped by a few simple decreases and stockinette short rows, which form the curved crescent shape.
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The small pattern repeats along with the use of larger needles help make this project suitable even for a knitter new to lace. The unexpected use of Aran weight tweed results in a faster and warmer knit and provides additional texture to the project.

Please note - I used exactly 5 skeins of the yarn for the sample shawl and had only 3 yards left over. The pattern in the IK Gifts lists 6 skeins as a requirement so there is no chance of anyone running out of yarn :)

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Delancey Scarf by Susanna IC, Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2011, Photo © Interweave Knits Delancey Scarf - Published in Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2011.
Elegant and simple are the perfect words to describe this scarf where beads seem to float weightlessly along the edge. Worked in straightforward stockinette and ribbing, this design allows the beautiful yarn to take center stage.
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The beaded edge adds interest and just the right amount of sparkle to the project;the beads (approx 650 8/0 3mm beads) are pre-strung onto the yarn and used in the cast on only (the bottom two photos shows the beaded edge). Instructions for a simpler cast on edge with approx 160 beads are also included.

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Ria by Susanna IC, Photo © Susanna IC Ria - An indulgent skein of pure cashmere, a scattering of beautiful beads Ria is a perfect jewel of a project to showcase a single skein of this amazing yarn. An infinity cowl, Ria can be worn loosely as a scarf or it can be doubled for closer fit and extra warmth during cold days.
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Ria is a great first lace project because the lace pattern consists of very basic stitches and is easily memorized. Due to the simple stitches and smaller size, this project can be completed in very little time, which makes it a wonderful last minute gift.

Published in EarthFaire, September 2011.

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Brook by Susanna IC, Photo © Susanna IC Brook - This scarf is inspired by the bubbling waters of a stream where water shimmers in bright sunlight and splashes along the edges. The center panel features a simple lace pattern, reminiscent of tiny waves of water. The lace borders are worked in a mirrored pattern forming attractive little scallops along the length of the wrap.
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There are two versions of the edging included: version 1 is a basic edge pattern easy enough for a knitter new to lace; version 2 is slightly more complicated with double yarn overs and double decreases, which form additional texture in the pattern (the sample scarf is worked with edging version 2).

Brook is knitted in one piece, end to end, so the overall dimensions of this scarf can be easily customized just by casting on a different number of the pattern repeats and working it to desired length.

Published in Knit Picks, September 2011.

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Cristata Shawl by Susanna IC, Photo © ArtQualia Cristata - Named for a beautiful species of crested orchids, this versatile shawlette is really a cross between a shawl and a scarf and as such it can be worn in many different ways. It is knitted in one piece starting with the cast on at the bottom edge of the textured panels followed by short rows which give the shawlette a unique and elegant crescent form.
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Any solid colored yarn will show off the wonderfully textured diamond crests with optional bobbles to best advantage. Knit with just 225 yards, Cristata is a fun and quick project, great for last minute gift knitting, and a perfect little stash buster.

August 2011 The Ravelry pattern pdf now includes written lace instructions as well as directions for an optional textured edging.

Published by Yarn Forward Magazine, No. 31, December 2010.

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Romance by Susanna IC, Embrace the Lace Club, Photo © Susanna IC Romance - Romantic evening, beautiful flowers, sparkle of pearls, touch of lace ... This petite shawlette will add a touch of romance to any occasion. It features floral lace as well as a few beads sprinkled along the top and bottom edges. Because it requires only a very small amount of yarn, this shawlette can be completed in less than a day.
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This pattern was originally published as part of the Embrace the Lace Club from Woolgirl in August 2011.

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Pteridia by Susanna IC, Knitcircus, Photo © Knitcircus Pteridia - When I first saw this stunning silk yarn, an image of lusciously green ferns popped into my mind and I wanted to create a shawl that would reflect the graceful shapes of their leaves. Pteridia is knitted in two identical halves starting from a center temporary cast on and worked down to the borders.
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To keep things simple, I worked the main body of the shawl in very easy lace patterns reminiscent of fronds. I then designed the more elaborate lace borders to flow seamlessly from the leaf shapes and as a final touch I added a few beads to mimic dew drops shimmering in the sun light.

Published in Fall 2011, Knitcircus Pattern Collection.

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Aronia by Susanna IC, Photo © Susanna IC
Aronia - Inspired by nature's autumn artistry with its stunning colors and textures, this set of accessories will be a perfect addition to any wardrobe. The richly colored yarn provides definition to the textured lace stitches, which emulate pretty leaf and berry shapes.
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The yarn's silk content enhances the drape of the cowl, while the merino helps maintain the shape of both accessories. The cowl is worked in an overall lace pattern with narrow strips of ribbing along the top and bottom edges.

The mitts feature a matching lace panel with stretchy ribbing to help accommodate a large variety of hand sizes. The lace and the ribbing include nupps for additional textural interest, but these can be easily replaced with beads or skipped altogether, if desired.

Originally published in Fibre Space Knitting Club, September 2011.

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Eadon by Susanna IC, Twist Collective, Photo © James Brittain Eadon is an ideal layer for the transitional days of autumn. It can be thrown on without much fuss while rushing out the door; it is relaxed and casual to wear with jeans, yet interesting and dressy enough for the city. The garment's long lines flatter a wide range of body types. Although it is designed to fit loosely, you can make the fit more body conscious simply by selecting a smaller size.
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The Celtic-inspired cables are mirrored on the fronts and the sleeves, while the rest of the garment is constructed in an easy knit/purl rib pattern. Since the ribbing does not curl, there is no need for hems and facings, which results in fast knitting and simple construction. The sweater is knitted in flat pieces (fronts, back, sleeves) and seamed to maintain the intricate angles of the saddle.

Eadon is intended to be worn open, perhaps closed with a pin or a belt.

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Hawthorne Mitts by Susanna IC, Twist Collective, Photo © Jane Heller Hawthorne Hat & Mitts - Inspired by the beauty of autumn, this set of accessories features motifs with leaves and berries straight out of nature's own sketchbook. Designed to complement the Hawthorne shawl (link below), both pieces can be easily customized.
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Inspired by the beauty of autumn, this set of accessories features motifs with leaves and berries straight out of nature's own sketchbook. Designed to complement the Hawthorne shawl (link below), both pieces can be easily customized.

The matching Hawthorne shawl can be found here.

Finished Measurements:
Hat - head circumference: 20" / 51 cm
Mitts - hand circumference: 7" / 18 cm

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Spring Thaw by Susanna IC, Knitpicks, Photo © ArtQualia Thaw - Thaw makes the most of one-of-a-kind hand painted yarns by allowing their brilliant colors to take center stage. As stunning as these yarns are, they are often difficult to work with because the pooling of colors can obscure a stitch pattern. To avoid this problem, Thaw is worked primarily in a simple stockinette stitch.
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It is knitted in one piece starting at the top edge of the short row section, which gives the shawlette its unique crescent shape. The ruffle is created with simple increases and the points along the edge are formed using a few easy lace stitches.

Thaw is small enough to tuck into a coat yet long enough to wear as a scarf. Its elongated crescent shape offers numerous ways of tying and draping without the need for a shawl pin. Designed specifically to let hand painted yarns shine, this versatile shawlette will make a colorful addition to any wardrobe.

Published in Knit Picks, May 2011.
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Orchidea by Susanna IC, Photo © ArtQualia Orchidea - Inspired by orchid's intricate form and incredible colors, I wanted to create a larger scale shawl that would echo the flower's interesting shape. Keeping the construction simple was very important to me and designing the lace in panel sections enabled me to do just that. I used an easy mesh pattern for the leaf panels to offset the slightly more complex floral sections.
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To keep things straightforward, the entire shawl grows from a five-stitch cast on at the center top, the lace shaping uses only basic stitches and all the wrong side rows are purled.

Published by Knitcircus Magazine, Issue #14, Summer 2011.

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Pleasance by Susanna IC Pleasance - I designed this shawlette with the original Alice in mind - Lewis Carroll's friend Alice Pleasance Liddell, who inspired him to write such amazingly profound stories. To begin with I wanted to create something lacy and feminine in keeping with the Victorian mindset, but with strong geometry to reflect the independent and unique little girl that Alice was.
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I think the combination of floral motifs and the triangular shapes fits this objective well. Of course, the flowers and the mix of blues are inspired directly by the story. When Roxanne of Zen Yarn Garden asked me what color I would like to work with for this project, the first thing that came to mind was the classic sky blue of Alice's dress, mixed with some purple and periwinkle tones to add a touch of mystery.

Roxanne really outdid herself with the Wonderland colorway; the amazing range of blues and purples is stunning in photos, but even more beautiful in person. Roxanne's ZYG Serenity Silk is a pleasure to work with - it is the perfect mix of merino and silk; the nupps really 'pop' and the finished project has a beautiful sheen and drape.

The shawlette is worked from the bottom edge in one piece starting with the lace and is shaped into a crescent with simple stockinette short rows. The lace includes nupps for texture, but these can be replaced by beads or omitted altogether. The bind off edge also features an optional lace with nupps for additional interest. Total of 145 6/0 4mm beads: 125 for the lace, 20 beads for the bind off edge.

This pattern was originally published as part of the Victorian Writers Knitting Club from Woolgirl in June 2011.

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Georgiana by Susanna IC, Interweave Knits, Photo © Christa Tippmann Georgiana - Fashionable women of the Regency period favored beautifully draped sheer gowns in delicate shades of white and pale pastels. The necklines of their evening dresses were often cut quite low to highlight the chest area and young women would use diaphanous scarves trimmed with delicate lace to tuck into their bodices and cover their shoulders.
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These gossamer scarves serve as an inspiration for Georgiana. Named for Mr. Darcy's beautiful younger sister, Georgiana is worked in colorful fingering yarn for a modern twist. The open lace is framed by two areas of more solid stitches - the fan lace, which shapes the bottom edge, and the short row stockinette section at the neck. The shawlette is worked in one piece starting with the cast on at the bottom edge of the lace panels followed by short rows, which shape its crescent form.

Published in Jane Austen Knits, 2011.

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Rose Lace Stole by Susanna IC, Interweave Knits, Photo © Interweave Knits Rose Lace Stole is inspired by fragrant spring roses and features traditional Estonian stitches that resemble rose petals. It is worked seamlessly from a center temporary cast on down to both ends, which allows it to be easily customized from a stole to a scarf size.
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The main body of the wrap is a simple and quick-to-knit geometric lace, which contrasts nicely with the more elaborate border stitches. Optional beading along the borders would make a lovely addition to the knit and add extra weight and interest.

Published in Interweave Knits, Spring 2011.

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Vesna by Susanna IC, Twist Collective, Photo © Jamie Dixon Vesna - Inspiration for Vesna (poetic 'spring') comes directly from the beautiful Estonian stitches. Their intricate shapes are evocative of nature in springtime, all fresh and new, bursting with flowers and leaves.
This pattern includes charts for both versions - a large rectangular wrap and a crescent shawlette.
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The rectangular stole (20" wide x 80" long) is knitted in two halves from a center temporary cast on down to both ends. The main body of the shawl is worked in a simple floral pattern, which flows seamlessly into the more elaborate border lace pattern. This pattern features traditional nupps for added surface texture, but these can be replaced with beads or not worked at all.

The shawlette (16" deep at center point x 62" wide wingspan) is knitted in one piece starting with cast on at the top edge followed by short rows, which give the shawl its crescent form. Optional beads, reminiscent of sparkling dewdrops, add extra interest and texture to this project.

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Tranquil River by Susanna IC, Photo © Susanna IC River - This stole is inspired by the rushing waters of a stream where waves shimmer in sunlight and splash along the edges. The lace borders are worked in a mirrored pattern forming attractive scallops along the length of the wrap. The long lines of yarn overs mimic the speed of rushing waters.
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Paired with easy decreases, these yarn overs also help simplify the knitting by acting as built-in stitch markers. The center panels feature basic cables, which add extra texture and interest to the knit. The overall length of this stole can be easily customized because it is worked in one piece from end to end.

River is not a difficult project even for the beginner lace and/or cable knitter since the lace stitch pattern is easy to knit; the cables all cross in the same direction and the reverse rows are purled.

Published by Knit Picks, February 2011.

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Alcea by Susanna IC, Knitcircus, Photo © Knitcircus
Alcea means hollyhock and it was inspired by the beautiful color of this Malabrigo yarn. I chose the traditional Ogee lace pattern because I adore its delicate floral motif and I have always thought that it would make a lovely crescent shawl perfect for spring.
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Alcea is worked in one piece starting with the cast on at the bottom edge of the lace panels followed by short rows that shape its elongated crescent form. For this design, I simplified the Ogee pattern by changing the reverse to easy purled rows so that all the lace shaping is done on the right side of the work.

Also, look for Alcea's matching lace beret/hat "Kalmia" at ArtQualia or on Ravelry.

Published by Knitcircus Magazine, Issue #13, Spring 2011.

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Kalmia by Susanna IC
Kalmia is a slouchy hat or a beret ideal for transitional weather. It is worked in a floral lace pattern that flows seamlessly up from the ribbing section. The elasticity of the ribbing allows the hat to fit a large range of adult sizes; for children, the hat could be easily worked in a thinner yarn on smaller needles.
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The hat is shaped through the simple increases and decreases in the lace pattern. Knit with only 200 yards (a single skein of Malabrigo Worsted), Kalmia is a fun and quick project and a perfect stash buster.

Look for matching crescent shawlette "Alcea" at ArtQualia or at Ravelry.

Published by Knitcircus Magazine, Issue #13, Spring 2011.

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Treccia by Susanna IC Treccia (Italian, meaning 'twist', 'plait', 'braid') is inspired by the luxurious fur wraps of a bygone era. Because the unusual shape allows the shawl to stay put, Treccia can be worn simply draped without tying or pinning. The wrap is generously sized and worked in a snuggly alpaca yarn, so it will keep the cold away even on the frostiest winter day.
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Treccia combines textured mock rib stitches with architectural cables resulting in a project with plenty of visual interest. It is knitted with chunky yarn starting at the top of a five-segment wedge that forms the center of the shawl. Stitches are then picked up on each side of the wedge to form the elongated ends that decrease in width along the bottom edges.

Published by Knitcircus Magazine, Issue #12, Winter 2010-2011.

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Billie Holiday by Susanna IC
Billie Holiday and her incomparable vocal talent inspired this generously beaded shawlette. I wanted to design a wrap that she would like to wear during her amazing jazz performances and I imagined that she would enjoy something slinky, sparkly and elegant ...
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The yarn is an interesting mix of milk fiber and merino, a combination that results in a yarn with silk-like shine and beautiful drape. The silver-lined crystal beads sparkle against the rich dark blue hues of the yarn, like stars against the midnight sky.

The shawlette is worked from the bottom edge in one piece starting with the beaded lace and is shaped into a crescent with simple stockinette short rows. The bind off edge is also beaded for additional interest.

This pattern was originally published as part of the Just Babs Knitting Club from Woolgirl in October 2010. The Billie Holiday pattern is now available as Ravelry download. The pattern has been updated to include charted as well as written line-by-line instructions for the lace.

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Centifolia by Susanna IC, All Craft Media, Knit - Issue 50, Photo © ArtQualia Centifolia - When I first saw this beautiful yarn, hand dyed by Miss Babs, I wanted to create a lace pattern with plenty of solid areas allowing the gorgeous yarn to shine. The colors are a perfect match to the rich pink flowers of 'Duchesse de Rohan', a centifolia rose, which blooms all summer and well into autumn.
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The simple lace stitches reflect the shapes of rose petals while the optional nupps or beads add extra texture and interest to the project. Total of 39 larger beads, size 6/0 4mm up to 3/0 5.5mm, are needed to replace nupps with beads.

Centifolia is shaped as a narrow crescent to allow for different ways of tying and wrapping. The shawlette is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the lace and the narrow curved shape is created by a set of short rows. The combination of simple lace and easy stockinette stitches makes Centifolia an interesting and a quick-to-finish project.

Published by Knit Magazine, No 40, September 2011.

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Gweneira by Susanna IC Gweneria - Nature in any season can be the most amazing artist, starting with the incredible variety of greens in early spring and the brilliant colors of autumn foliage to the stark beauty of winter landscape. Shimmery icicles, like beads, adorn the bare tree branches, which form complex lace against the winter sky and even snow is often sculpted by wind into beautiful shapes.
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These graceful shapes are the inspiration for Gweneira's soft cables. Gweneira, a Welsh name meaning 'snow white', is a generously sized shawl worked in a luscious alpaca yarn reminiscent of freshly fallen snow. It is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the cables. A set of short rows gives the shawl its crescent shape, which helps the shawl stay in place without the need for a shawl pin. The brushed suri yarn is next-to-skin soft and it feels almost weightless, yet it is warm enough even for the coldest winter day.

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Sunrise Shawlette by Susanna IC
Sunrise - Inspired by its namesake colorway of Knit Picks Chroma, the Sunrise shawlette with its smaller size will make a great addition to any wardrobe. Small enough to tuck into a coat yet long enough to wear as a scarf, this vivid shawlette will help make any day brighter.
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Using only a single skein of the self-striping yarn, Sunrise allows the stunning colors to shine by combining them with a very simple lace pattern. This wrap is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the lace section followed by short rows, which give the shawlette its unique crescent form. The elongated narrow shape offers numerous ways of tying and draping without the need for a shawl pin. This project is not difficult even for the beginner lace knitter since the stitch pattern is easy to knit and the reverse rows are all purled.

Published by Knit Picks, January 2011.

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Caireen by Susanna IC Caireen - As soon as the calendar page changes to September, I start dreaming of knitting cables - the more complex, the better. This autumn I wanted to explore the possibility of combining cables with the short row crescent shaping. Inspired by beautiful Celtic knotwork, I adapted this Saxon Braid pattern from Barbara Walker's Third Treasury.
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This sharf (a silly name for a shawlette and scarf hybrid) is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the cables. The elongated curved shape is created by a set of short rows while continuing the cable twists. The sport weight yarn is worked on larger needles to give the wrap lovely drape while maintaining the warmth inherent to the baby alpaca fiber. Caireen's unique construction combined with the intricate cables makes this a project that will hold your interest all the way through.

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Oslo Walk Shawl, Photo by Interweave Knits Oslo Walk Shawl - The fragile beauty of ice crystals that form delicate yet complex shapes on frosty winter days inspires this shawl. Oslo Walk is worked in one piece starting with the cast on at the bottom edge of the beaded lace panels followed by short rows which shape its elongated crescent form.
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This quick-to-knit shawl is really a cross between a shawl and a scarf and as such, it can be worn in many different ways. Any lace weight yarn will show off the beaded lace shapes well; however, silk yarn will create a more complete illusion of frost thanks to its shimmery quality.

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Amiens by Susanna IC, photo by © Mårten Ivert
Amiens is inspired by the graceful shapes of medieval architecture. The complexity of lace is combined with the texture of cables in an elegant accessory, providing a cozy additional layer for cold winter outing as well as practical cover up for warmer days.
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This wrap is knitted in one piece starting at the bottom edge of the lace followed by few decreases and cables, which give it its overall shape. The length can be easily customized by working a different number of the lace pattern repeats. All reverse rows are simply purled. Amiens features a ten-button closure that can be worn either centered at the front or to one side toward the wearer's shoulder.

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Hawthorne by Susanna IC, photo by © Jane Heller
Hawthorne is inspired by the beauty of autumn woods where brilliantly colored leaves and berries compete for attention of every passerby. This versatile shawlette is really a cross between a scarf and a shawl and as such, it can be worn in many different ways.
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It is knitted in one piece starting with the cast on at the bottom edge followed by short rows, which give the shawl a unique and elegant form of a narrow crescent.

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Winter Lilies by Susanna IC, photo by © Knitcircus
Winter Lilies shawlette features a traditional Estonian lace stitch - the stunning 'Water Lily'. The beautiful Rowan yarn complements the special lace well and adds a subtle shimmer. The shawl will add a touch of elegance to any outfit, be it special occasion or just everyday wear.
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The shawl is worked in one piece starting with the cast on at the bottom edge of the lace panels followed by short rows that shape its elongated crescent form. A preparation row features small glass beads placed on every third stitch for additional interest and weight; however, this row is completely optional.

Published by Knitcircus Magazine, Issue #11, Fall 2010.

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Dalenni by Susanna IC, photo by © Darren Strange Dalenni in Welsh means 'leaves' or 'foliage', which is a fitting description of the shawl. It has interesting elements on both sides, cascading leaves on the right side and meandering lines on the reverse. The overall pattern features sculpted leaves turning in opposite directions, giving the shawl an additional surface movement.
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The shawl is knitted from a center provisional cast on; the ends taper to points on opposite edges through sets of simple decreases. The project can be easily customized by choosing a different yarn and needle size - it is an ideal warmer weather accessory as a gossamer lace scarf or it can become a cozy shawl perfect for cold seasons.

Published by Yarn Forward Magazine, No. 27, August 2010.

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Aster Hat & Cowl by Susanna IC, photo by © Susanna IC
Aster Hat & Cowl - Colorful and sculpturally interesting flower blooms served as an inspiration for the Aster hat. The tiny sculpted leaves that make up the blossoms are formed by a simple spiraling lace stitch while the decreases mirror the actual flower centers.
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This pattern is versatile because it can be sized to fit any adult or child head circumference by simply adding or subtracting appropriate number of pattern repeats; infant and baby sizes can be attained with the use of a thinner yarn and smaller needles. Besides the classic close-fitting hat shape, Aster can be also blocked to form a beret.
Yarn alternatives are Patons Classic Merino, Rowan Calmer and RYC Cashmere Tweed.

Published in Yarn Forward, August 2010.

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Icicles Shawl by Susanna IC
Icicles - Inspired by the fragile beauty of slender icicles glistening in the cool winter sun, this ethereal shawl will wrap you in a delicate yet warm embrace. Icicles is worked on larger-than-recommended needles resulting in a gossamer fabric and a quick knit.
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The shawl is worked in one piece starting with the bottom edge of the lace pattern followed by a straightforward stockinette section. Simple progression of short rows shapes the shawl resulting in its unique crescent form. This project is easy enough even for the beginner lace knitter because the reverse rows are purled and the addition of beads is optional (aprox 560 glass beads).

Clarification of the short row section instructions in Yarn Forward magazine: Knit from point A to point B, turn, purl from B to A, turn, knit again from A to B, turn, purl again from B to A, turn. After that knit from A, ssk B with the next stitch, knit 5, turn and then work an expanded purl row.

Published by Yarn Forward Magazine, No. 26, July 2010.

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Sargasso by Susanna IC, photo by © Knit Picks
Sargasso is inspired by sunlight bouncing off shimmering ocean waves. The shawl is worked sideways in one piece and features optional beads along the short edges. The undulating lace pattern looks complicated but is simple and easy even for a beginner lace knitter.
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The lace stitches are intersected with narrow garter stitch sections of different sizes, which mirror the way ocean waters seem to flatten in between the cresting waves. The center of the shawl is more solid, while the ends become progressively lacier to further embody the movement of water and the beat of the waves reaching the beach.

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Annis by Susanna IC, photo © ArtQualia Annis - I love traditional triangular shawls, but sometimes they are difficult to keep in place without a pin. I have been experimenting with different shapes that could be simply tied like a scarf or have longer ends that would drape gracefully around the shoulders. Annis' crescent shape lends itself to numerous ways of tying and draping, making it a versatile accessory.
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The shawlette is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the lace and the narrow curved shape is created by a unique set of short rows. The interesting combination of lace and simple stockinette stitches makes Annis a fun and fast project.

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Pavonia by Susanna IC, photo by © Knitcircus
Pavonia - Wings of butterflies and moths with their fragile beauty inspire this design. I wanted to capture their delicate quality and I believe that this lace pattern expresses that. The yarn color is reminiscent of the silvery moon while the beads sparkle like the first stars in an evening sky.
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The shawlette's crescent shape helps it stay in place more readily than traditional triangular shawls and its smaller dimensions provide a weightless little cover up for summer dresses. Knitted out of a single skein of Malabrigo Lace, with all reverse rows purled and the beads optional, Pavonia is an ideal quick project for any knitter, even one new to lace knitting.

Published by Knitcircus Magazine, Issue #10, Summer 2010.

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Impasto Shawlette by Susanna IC, photo by © Interweave Knits Impasto - The colorwork in this shawl is inspired by the rich golden hues of fields ripening beneath the blue summer sky. I wanted to create a shawl that would reflect all these colors and a slip stitch pattern seemed like the best option - it looks good on both sides and it is lacy enough to drape well if knitted on larger needles.
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If the cotton yarn tales are coming undone after weaving, try splitting each tale by untwisting the yarn. Divide each tale into two or three thin strands and then sew each of those in separately using a thin needle. Sharp needle will allow you to stitch the strands through the knitted yarn (of the same color). Make small backstitches through the yarn for at least an inch (longer is better), then make several tight knots.

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Abrazo by Susanna IC, photo by © Caroline Bergeron Abrazo - This elegant shawlette with its smaller size is the perfect light cover up for an evening summer party. The design includes the addition of shimmery beads for extra textural detail, but the lace will look great even if left unadorned. Nupps instead of beads are also an option and the test knit was done with those.
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Abrazo is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the lace border followed by short rows, which give the shawlette its unique crescent form. The elongated narrow shape lends itself to numerous ways of tying and draping without the need for a shawl pin. It is a project easy enough even for the beginner lace knitter because the reverse rows are purled and the addition of beads or nupps is optional.

The original shawl was completed with just over 420 yards of the gorgeous Beyond Basic Knits Lavish Lace yarn.

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Little Leaves by Susanna IC
Little Leaves - Inspired by lush green leaves shimmering with droplets of morning dew, Little Leaves shawlette with its smaller size will make a great addition to any wardrobe. The design includes beads for extra textural detail, but the lace will look great even if left unadorned.
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This wrap is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the lace section followed by short rows, which give the shawlette its unique crescent form. The elongated narrow shape offers numerous ways of tying and draping without the need for a shawl pin.

This project is not difficult even for the beginner lace knitter since the stitch pattern is very simple to knit and easy to memorize. The reverse rows are purled and the addition of beads is optional. Any lace or fingering weight yarn will work for this project, the original was completed with approximately 370 yards of Malabrigo Lace, color VAA.

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Cascata by Susanna IC, photo by © Caroline Bergeron Cascata - This shawl is inspired by the sparkling waters of a waterfall. The meandering lace includes a narrow stockinette sections at the top of the pattern, which expand with each twist toward the bottom of the shawl. It is easy enough even for the beginner lace knitter because the pattern is formed with basic decreases paired with simple yarn overs while the reverse rows are all purled.
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This project is knitted in one piece starting with the bottom edge followed by short rows that give the shawl its unique crescent form. Waterfall is a perfect showcase for a hand-dyed yarn because the tendency of these yarns to pool unpredictably will actually enhance the overall watery effect.

The original shawl was knitted just a little over 650 yards of the stunning MacKintosh Yarns Rhiannon Silk Lace yarn.

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Snowflake by Susanna IC, photo by © Arbour House Publishing Snowflake - This crescent shawl is inspired by the fascinating shapes of snowflakes, each different and unique. A cross between a shawl and a scarf, this unique wrap can be worn in many different ways. It is knitted in one piece starting with the cast on at the bottom edge of the lace followed by a set of simple stockinette short rows, which give the piece its elegant crescent form.
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Bulky yarn makes this a quick-to-finish project while the textured lace pattern keeps the knit interesting. Solid colored yarn will show off the wonderful texture of the knit and purl combination lace to best advantage.

Published in Knitonthenet, Issue 10.

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Twilight Shawl by Susanna IC, photo by © knitcircus.com Twilight - This crescent shawl is inspired by the deepening blues of an evening sky when the first stars start flickering through. This effect is further enhanced by the yarn with its beautiful shifting colors. Twilight's unique shape lends itself to numerous ways of draping and wrapping; it can even be simply tied like a scarf.
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Knitted out a single skein of Kauni wool, this versatile shawl will surround you in warmth through the cold season, yet it is light enough for spring and autumn use.

Published by Knitcircus Magazine, Issue #9, Spring 2010.

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Convergence by Susanna IC, photo by © ArtQualia Convergence - Tote, messenger, satchel, clutch, handbag, backpack, hobo, bag, wallet, purse, pocketbook ... I love them all. In general, these are practical accessories that hold your stuff. They can be small or large, simple or elaborate. You can never have too many bags if, like me, you are ever so slightly obsessed with knitting.
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I know you want to carry lots of yarny goodness with you wherever you go and to be able to have a specific bag for each work in progress.

This bag is not only roomy enough for all your everyday necessities, but it will hold a large project as well. It can be carried in hand like a tote or over the shoulder like a satchel or a hobo, and, with a longer handle, it could be even slung across the chest as a messenger bag. The unique cable placement provides all the shaping and the bulky yarn results in sturdy fabric. The creative blending of four colors of Palette yarn results in a beautifully rich fabric. Choose your size, choose your handle, customize it and make it your own. Either way you will have a great knitted bag for all your knitting.

Published by Knit Picks, January 2010.

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BonBons Mitts BonBons feature a lace rib pattern that looks like strings of tiny cables on top of each mitt and a simple ribbing on the palm side for comfort. Cable needle or cable knitting experience is not necessary for a successful project; the mock cables are created with a basic slipped stitch sequence followed by a yarn over in an easy to memorize five row pattern.

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Edelweiss Neckwarmer Edelweiss neckwarmer is a perfect showcase for some special yarn and wonderful buttons. The original project was knitted with exactly one skein of Silk Garden Lite to make the most of Noro's stunning colors; however, the pattern can be easily customized to accommodate just about any yarn on appropriately sized needles, the possibilities are truly limitless.

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Meandering Vines Shawl Meandering Vines shawl may look intricate, the lace is very easy to memorize and knit. The right side rows of the pattern actually consist of only two different simple lace stitch sequences and all the wrong side rows are purled. Also, the size of the completed shawl can be easily customized to accommodate different yarn weights and quantities.

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Moon River Scarf Moon River scarf showcases the beautiful colors of a hand-painted yarn worked in an easy but effective undulating lace pattern. The right side rows of the pattern consist of only two different basic lace stitch sequences and every wrong side row is purled, making this pattern very simple to memorize and knit.

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Nougat Nougat - This practical neckwarmer will keep you warm on a chilly day by staying securely tucked into your jacket without any possibility of coming untied like a scarf. Nougat features a decorative lace rib pattern that looks like strings of tiny cables; however, cable needle or cable knitting experience is not necessary for a successful project.

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Ogee Lace Scarf Ogee Lace Scarf - This design is based on the fabulous Ogee Lace Skirt by Gryphon Perkins from the Summer 07 issue of Interweave Knits. The Lana Grossa yarn used for the original scarf has been discontinued; however, there are many great ribbon yarns available that can be easily substituted possibly with only minimal changes in needle size.

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Sea Urchin The Sea Urchin hat derives its name from the interesting starburst design formed at the top which is so reminiscent of the sea creature's shell. This easy to memorize and quick to knit one row chevron lace in combination with a dramatically colored yarn makes the Sea Urchin a perfect last minute project for giving or keeping.

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Swirling Gauntlets Swirling Guntlets are simple and quick to knit and will make a good first project for a knitter new to cables because all of the cable crossings are formed identically. Working the cables in opposite directions on the gauntlets results in a lovely mirroring effect; therefore, a separate chart is included for each hand.

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Tilted Neckwarmer Tilted Neckwarmer - This elegant neckwarmer is a perfect showcase for a special luxury yarn and unique buttons. The original project was knitted with a sumptuous cashmere yarn for a lavish gift; however, the pattern can be easily customized to accommodate just about any yarn on appropriately sized needles, making this an ideal stash-busting project.

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Trenza Mitts Trenza Mitts feature a braided cable of intermediate difficulty so some prior experience with knitting cables would be beneficial to the success of this project. Working the cables in opposite directions results in a lovely mirroring effect and for that reason a separate chart is included for each hand. Any worsted weight yarn will knit up fast for a quick-to-finish project.

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Truffle Hat Truffle Hat - This hat features a very simple and quick to knit lace rib pattern that looks like strings of tiny cables; however, no cable needle or cable knitting experience is necessary for a successful project. The mock cables are actually created with a basic slipped stitch sequence followed by a yarn over in an easy to memorize five row pattern.

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Wings Mitts Wings Mitts feature a beautiful lace panel reminiscent of delicate wings in flight. The undulating lace pattern will make the most of yarns with long color changes, such as Noro Cashmere Island, but it will look just as attractive in a solid color yarn.

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Wings of Desire Scarf The Wings of Desire scarf is designed to maximize the impact of yarns with long color changes, such as Noro Cashmere Island and Kureyon. The use of needles at least two sizes larger than suggested by the yarn manufacturer is recommended to enhance openness of the lace; the gauge itself is not terribly important for success of this project.

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You Puck This! You Puck This! Show off your favorite hockey team allegiance by knitting their colors into a fun hat. This hat features a simple stranded color pattern that will look great in almost any color combination as long as there is enough contrast for the lettering to show up properly.

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Zportz Zportz hat - Now you can support your favorite team by knitting their colors into a fun Zportz hat. This hat features an exciting and easy to knit stranded color pattern that looks great in any color combination, let your imagination be the guide.

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