bee fields

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—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 thoughts on “bee fields

  1. Thank you so much! If only I had my yarn RIGHT THIS SECOND! It will be a challenge, but I believe VERY worth it in the end.

    You are a crazy genius!

  2. Easily the loveliest new shawl pattern that I’ve seen in the last couple of years (excluding your own original lace shawl patterns, of course). This one will be interesting to knit, but it doesn’t sacrifice good, elegant, balanced lace design just for the sake of being different. I can’t wait to start on it. You should never, ever, doubt your talent as a designer–please keep the patterns coming! Also, the photographs are wonderful.

  3. hats off to you for another cool design. I hope someday I an able to accomplish something so pretty.

  4. hats off to you for another cool design. I hope someday I am able to accomplish something so pretty.

  5. Oh, I’m so happy! I’m going to knit mine in soysilk laceweight from Conjoined Creations. What size shawl is the model wearing?

    I was thinking of the petite, just for my style, but then since my yarn is not going to block nearly as wide as the animal fiber yarn would, perhaps I should make the larger one? Of course I can make the smaller with only two skeins of yarn, versus three for the larger…

  6. p.s. Actually, if I bought 2 skeins, I’d have 1060 yards. Do you think that would be enough or is that 40 yds less going to make me run out? Thanks!

  7. You’re right, that’s precisely the essence of summer turned into a shawl. Beautiful work!

  8. Sigh……….it is so beautiful…and the model, a harp player. That is the one thing I hope to learn to do before my days are over 🙂

  9. i know i’ve never told you how gorgeous that shawl is…;) i was so going to hold off on ordering the kit, as i only have 3 or 4 projects in the wings (opps!) but then my enabler mother walked by and asked if i was going to buy it! i’m done in; clearly a lace addict – i entirely blame you!

  10. Hi Anne,
    Another stunning shawl! I just sent paypal& am looking forward to knitting this beautiful pattern!
    Carol

  11. A perfectly beautiful work. I cannot stop admiring the way the different patterns flow together, the proportions and the delicacy of it all!!!!!

  12. It’s been a real pleasure to watch the development of this lovely, lovely shawl. I look forward to knitting this beautiful design.

  13. I love this pattern! It’s just beautiful!
    I’ve got a question about the yarn to use. I see the suggested yarn is a laceweight that’s “160 to 190 yards per ounce.” Since I’m not sure what yarn is good I thought I’d check the numbers using zephyr as as a guide. I see online that’s 5040yds/lb which works out to be 315yds per ounce. I think I’m missing something? Please advise if a similar weight in merino may be too ‘weak’ of a yarn to use? Thanks so much for the great pattern.

  14. Just waiting for Anne to send out her email. I have a friend who is a beekeeper. Her birthday is in the fall. Maybe she’s never worn a shawl but I bet she will now!

  15. Absolutely exquisitely beautiful design Anne. Many congratulations for the launch of your Bee pattern. Must be off to start practicing my lace knitting skills, so I can knit Bee. You are one extremely talent knitter/designer/photographer. May you enjoy many more happy creative moments.

  16. A work of art Anne (and I mean that). On the Bee theme, did you ever read The Secret Life of Bees? Great book, and some very interesting info on beekeeping…
    Off to order the kit from Anne(2)

  17. Oh wow BZZZZZ Gorgeous BZZZZZ Fraid I have gotten stung and may need to buy one kit in each color just for little piggy me. What a great gift for a knitter friend as well!! Thank you so much. What delightful creativity you have!

  18. It’s magnificent. The third section is my favorite part… was it yours as well? 🙂

    And your friend models it so elegantly! 🙂

  19. I ordered my kit last night! Can’t wait to start on it (this shawl may get to jump ahead of some other projects!) Just hope I have what it takes to knit it!
    I wish I could come to the Lace in the woods retreat next year…It sounds like it’s going to be great:) You’ll have to do one closer to home soon, so I can make it!

  20. This shawl is so beautiful. I just knit my first shawl, Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style, and now I am in love with lacy knitting. I have pre-ordered this kit even though by the time I receive it I will be just about to start grad school I can’t wait to work on it.

  21. was there any way i wasn’t going to order the kit? i have a few “beginning” lace projects to get under my belt, but then the bee shall be mine! 🙂

  22. This is a truly beautiful shawl. Congrats! I’ve just ordered the kit (actually two kits, given I couldn’t decide on the color) and the pattern for your moth shawl from Wooly Wonka. Thanks for the inspiration.

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