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today i have for you the release of my second design for the wool girl victorian authors club, a pretty, flirty shawlette or shawl that was part of the july shipment for that club.

i was honored to be asked to design the installment focusing on virginia woolf, one of my literary heroes. jen chose mrs. dalloway as the literary inspiration, which i loved, because the story takes place in june at the height of the flower season.

virginia woolf was a gardener too and loved her flowers, so i set about searching for just the right stitch patterns to create a floral, botanical feeling, but in a fresh, modern way.

the final colorway from malabrigo was lovely—a bright pink, but in a good way, with streaks of cantaloupe, lavender, and white throughout; the kind of color that brings roses to one’s cheeks.

and just variegated enough to provide a wonderful quick movement in the fabric.

i remembered an undulating leaf pattern i’d been wanting to use in something and wondered if it would work for a hem—it sure did look like hydrangea leaves to me. this flower is not from a frillibet hydrangea, but you can find it by googling.

or even a lot like the veining in these caladium leaves.

i really liked the idea of linking it with the hydrangeas, since they are mentioned in mrs. dalloway and are wonderful during the month of june, when they are freshly blooming.

i found a nice, small eyelet pattern to use for the pup part of the shawl that has an amazing resemblance to the slightly pointed, overlapping petals of a mophead hydrangea flower, like the pink one above. they worked perfectly together and i got started right away on the knitting.

when i sent photo to jen, she was really happy—that made two of us! i love this piece and karolyn, who test knit it, agreed—she loves pink and this one was very appealing. plus the pattern is a fun knit; what’s not to love?

shown here, the petite size shawlette in malabrigo lace a 100% merino yarn, colorway mrs. dalloway (exclusive for woolgirl club members, but check out the orchid colorwaay for a great alternative).

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many thanks to jen at wool girl for inviting me to participate in this project; it was truly an honor to design something that celebrated one of my favorite authors.

and to the lovely helena, who brings a fresh young spirit to the day, thank you!
helena got accepted to a very competitive theater program in our area this summer and is now spending six days each week immersed in classes for acting, voice, and dance. we miss seeing her here, but we’re also thrilled for the new opportunities opening up to her.

28 thoughts on “frillibet

  1. Beautiful shawl pattern. I have some peach Malabrigo lace that wold probably work fine with this pattern. Thanks!

  2. beautiful shawl! great modeling Helena and congratulations on your theater program opportunity! sounds great for someone with those skills 🙂

  3. Oh I love, love, love the pattern. My favorite flowers, hydrangea and the caladium leaves, oh yes! I have several skeins of Malabrigo lace and I’ve been looking at all your patterns for one that would be suitable. And here it is. Thank you so much.

    And to Helena, you are a wonderful model. All the best in your summer theater program.

  4. Well, I said in my last comment that I would like to see the caladium leaf as a shawl motif. Little did I know that you were already obliging me! Lovely!

  5. I think that this is one of the most perfect shawl patterns that I have ever seen, it’s so pretty and every time you look at it, you see something new. I really must try to see if I could carry off wearing a shawl like this. I just don’t seem to be able to get them to look right! Helena gets more beautiful each time she models for you. Congratulations to her on the theatre project, she’s going to have so much fun.

  6. Love it, Anne. I’ve been waiting for it and now it’s here. I’m off to purchase it. I may just have the perfect yarn for it. Now to find it in my stash. : )

  7. Oh my goodness! I just let myself splurge on patterns this week and I was so sad Frillibet was still not available to the public – seeing this post was SUCH happy news! Might knit it first as a gift, but that will give me more time to decide the colour and size I need for me! Thanks, Anne!

  8. Oh I love that Frillibet, it’s one of my most worn pieces and was SO fun to knit AND it is so lovely on Helena! I thought she would be a model… Now studying to be a performer!?! Way to go!

  9. Very nice! Love the swirling leaf pattern on the hem. I think I may have several yarn options in my stash. Now do I knit this first, or do your Isadora first??

  10. i have already checked my stash and am ready to roll the yarn. i agree with athena – this or isadora first? maybe both at the same time!

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