bee fields

—for all beekeepers, who live by the seasons with their bees

The beating of small wings,
thousands fanning together,
a whirlwind of silky air
is the music playing in your ears,
your hearts and souls,

The miracle of something as simple,
as complex as honey,
defying definition,

A sweet reminder that we are just human,
and some things are still beyond our understanding.

—from Nectar Flow, by Kirsten Shoshanna Traynor, 2003

Bee Fields Shawl
shown here in Wooly Wonka Fibers custom-dyed laceweight merino, colorway,
Tupelo Gold. kit available starting sunday, july 15
this project was knit on needles crafted by ed and wanda jenkins

  • pattern price: $8.00US (ohio residents please add $.48 sales tax)
  • payment method: please visit our pattern shop!
  • Suggested Yarns: Wooly Wonka Fibers merino laceweight, Fearless Fibers merino laceweight or cashmere laceweight, Knitting Notions merino laceweight, Briar Rose Sea Pearl, Handmaiden Mini Maiden or 2-ply silk/cashmere, Jaggerspun Zephyr, or any laceweight yarn having 160 to 190 yards per ounce.
  • Notes: A triangle shawl in two sizes featuring multiple stitch patterns. The triangle is worked from the neck edge outward; the top edge is self-trimmed. Using thinner or heavier yarn than suggested, and different needles will produce a variation in size that remains proportionate with the original dimensions—use petite size for heavier yarns.
  • unblocked dimensions: (approx): petite = 26�?L at center point and 60 “W across top edge
    tall = 28�?L at center point and 65 “W across top edge
    blocked dimensions: petite = 31�?L at center point and 72 “W across top edge
    tall = 35�?L at center point and 78 “W across top edge
  • yarn requirements: petite = 900 yds of laceweight yarn / tall = 1100 yds of laceweight yarn
  • Gauge: unblocked: 26 sts and 36 rows = 4�? in stockinette. (fabric will be relaxed)
  • Needles: size 5US (3.75mm) 24�? circular and 32�? circular
    needles designed for lace knitting, with very tapered points are highly recommended
    DPN needles in same size for grafting edges are helpful, but optional

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a HUGE thank-you to anne, who took an idea from my head and made the color of summer for me, and to vanessa and lilith who watched my back, nitpicked the pattern, and created beautiful proofs that it works. my good friend kris (blogless), who plays the harp, dances, and graciously models the piece with delight. thanks too, to debbie in maine (blogless), who always sends me beautiful poems for these pieces that say just the right thing.

UPDATES patterns will include all corrections up to the date of pattern purchase

7/19/07
in the set-up section, row 2 does not have a beginning bracket. row 2 should read:
R2 (RS): BO2, k1, yo, sl1 k2tog psso, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, SM, [yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, SM], k1, repeat between brackets, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, sl1 k2tog psso, yo, k1, CO2

72 Responses to “bee fields”

  1. Tara says:

    I just placed my order over at Anne’s. I ended up ordering Tupelo Gold (although it was really hard to decide).

    Another AMAZING design. I can’t wait to get started!

  2. Vicki says:

    Despite my crazy pickiness about lace patterns and my general distaste for bees, I think this may be the most beautiful shawl I’ve ever seen. I love knitting lace but can go crazy trying to find a pattern that I like. This one I love!!

  3. julia fc says:

    Why has no one yet said that “That’s one honey of a shwal, there Anne.”? Slurp.
    Still working on morning glory, happily.

  4. Janet says:

    Yesterday, I ordered a kit for this from Willy Wonka Fibres. I could only hold out for so long. This is such a beautiful shawl, and it will the first of your designs that I will knit. That is not to say I haven’t drooled over your designs before, but this is the first time I wasn’t able to control myself. I am looking forward to knitting this homage to the humble bee.

  5. lauragayle says:

    Wow. Thanks for sharing this– it’s soooo very lovely. I’ll be buying this pattern soon!

  6. Em says:

    Anne, as ever, it’s absolutely lovely. Bee-utiful!

  7. Jeanne says:

    Stunning. Really, beautiful.

  8. Wanda says:

    So light and airy, it looks as gracefully delicate as a honey skimming a flower. The color and pattern are breathtaking!

  9. Knitnana says:

    Just ordered my kit! Could not wait to have it in my hands, even if it waits a bit to take flight from my needles…
    It’s just stunning, Anne! Another winner.
    (((hugs)))

  10. Madame Purl says:

    I’m so in love. I ran right over and bought the kit – I picked out the Buckwheat Honey… that one just said honey bee to me.

  11. Muhv says:

    first I must say, it’s a gorgeous shawl, an absolut must have!
    I must be a dum girl, but how can I order the pattern? clicking on the button next to this post takes me back here :)

  12. christine says:

    I thought the “moth” was perfection, but this one tops even that.

    Thanks for designing the most perfect wedding shawl – I’m off to place an order!

  13. Peg says:

    This pattern and shawl is SO beautiful!!! It is true that you designing a rectangular version?!!! If so, be still my heart! All the Best.

  14. Jess says:

    Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. Good work, Anne!

  15. swspinny says:

    Yay! There is a KAL getting started on blogger!

  16. Jo says:

    Anne, that is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. And bees – what a wonderful name and creature to link with it. The creation was, I know, blue murder at times, but the end result is so worth it. Proud to know you.

  17. Christa says:

    I would knit this if it had shoulder shaping.

  18. Valeria says:

    Is this charted, or are there written directions. I am chart-impaired ….

  19. threadbndr says:

    I got my kit of the Bee Fields Shawl from Wooly Wonka today. It is LUSH. Love the yarn in the Buckwheat Honey colorway.

    Is there any chance of a knitalong on this shawl?

    Valeria – both charted AND written out! Well worth the price!

  20. Cheryl says:

    It is beautiful!! I just received my laceweight yarns that I won on eBay and there is one colorway that will look wonderful in the Shawl it’s called Bloom from Yarn Treehouse. It is the colors of yummy sherbet. I will have o wait till the end of the month to get tht pattern but htat is ok because I have the yarn and so I will get the pattern and by that time I will be done with the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl and can start this. Awesome job!!!

  21. hito says:

    you are wonderfull very good thank you

  22. danteloya says:

    This pattern and shawl is SO beautiful!!! It is true that you designing a rectangular version? i love knit