Over the past few evenings I have been putting few more rows into my wedding shawl and have come to the first simple section of eyelet lace after the stockinette top section. Not only does it now lead to more interesting knitting other than the plain back and forth of rows of knits and rows of purls, but the first opportunity to introduce the beautiful little pearlised white glass beads.
It’s taken me a week to get this far as after deciding not to risk knitting the shawl in the Patons yarn as intended I had to wait for some replacement yarn to follow.
Two balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto lace are now knitting up beautifully, with their usual spring and softness. I am adding the beads as per Mooncalf’s version of the shawl, at the bottom point of each individual eyelet and motif. I’m adding the beads using a tiny crochet hook , but so as to keep the eyelets open as much as possible I am adding them two rows after the eyelet has been made, like so:
I tried adding them on the row directly after the yarn over, but this drew too much of the strand from the yarn over up through the bead, so closing the yarn over, whereas on the next knit row it sits nice and tight, directly below the yarn over, providing a little jewel at the end of each eyelet, like a little diamond on a ring, quite fitting, given the occasion that the shawl is celebrating.