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Friday, May 22, 2009


Flamenco is a type of music known for intricate and rapid passages as well as a dance style characterized by audible footwork. It originated in the Andalusian region of Spain as a folk dance but it incorporates elements of Moorish, Sephardic and Gypsy cultures with the native Andalusian dance steps.
The Flamenco wrap curves around the wearer's shoulders in an intricate lace embrace, finished with a flirty, sweeping ruffle reminiscent of the dancer's ruffled gowns. Lace patterns echo the complex steps and swirling movements while beads catch the light and accent the overall design. Worn like a traditional rectangular stole, the crescent shaping actually makes it fit the shoulders better, making for a wrap that stays on when you wear it.
The Flamenco wrap is knit from the neck edge down to the hem of the ruffle in fingering weight yarn. Yardage amounts are given in the pattern for working the design with an alternate contrasting ruffle. (As an aside, I think it would be lovely using a smooth yarn for the main body of the wrap and working the ruffle in a fingering weight brushed mohair such as Kid Silk Haze.)
The pattern is clearly written with large, easy to read charts. The main body of the wrap is in charted form only, not in written out, line by line instructions. There are notes for enlarging the wrap if you need to.

The wrap measures 17 inches from the top of the center back neck to the lower edge of the ruffle. The wrap is 48 inches around the curve of the neck edge and measures 126 inches around the lower edge, measured just above the ruffle. This outer edge measurement sounds a bit intimidating, but since the wrap is crescent shaped instead of rectangular, it fits to the body better and doesn't end up draping all over the floor the way a 126 inch long rectangular stole would. In the first picture above, you can see the scale of the draping ends in relation to a standard sized padded hanger.
1000 yds/914 m fingering weight yarn (shown in Fleece Artist Suri Blue in Wine)
Approx. 450 size 6 seed beads (shown in Beadwrangler color 533)
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) circular needle
Size US 13/14 (0.9 mm) Crochet hook to place beads
stitch markers

If you purchased this pattern before June 9, 2009, Step 4 of the Instructions should read: K2, sl m, P 133, sl m, K2. I apologize for any confusion this might have caused.



Blogger Kim said...

Love it!

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is gorgeous!! Can you provide a close-up to show the beads? They aren't all that obvious from the photos.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...


11:34 AM  
Blogger knitalot3 said...

Very cool!!! I like it a lot. When I read the description, I wasn't sure I would like the shape, but I do.

I also think I would have trouble keeping it away from my DD. ;-)

Good job!

11:44 AM  
Blogger knitalot3 said...

Did you do any special blocking for the ruffle?

11:51 AM  
Blogger sue said...


11:55 AM  
Blogger Reluctant Penguin said...

It's lovely! I'm afraid it would be too short for a tall/large person, but I love the shape. Do you have any photos of a real person modeling it?

12:00 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Blocking directions for the ruffle are included in the pattern, although basically it is blocked by smoothing out (so it's hanging straight) and letting it dry.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

As far as sizing goes, I am 5'8" tall and the end of the tails are just above my knees with the wrap draped loosely (read: not tight against my neck) around my shoulders.

There are notes in the pattern for making it larger by adding extra "wedges." It could also be worked in sport weight yarn on larger needles (increase your yardage to be safe) to "upsize" it.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I will try to get a picture of it being worn, but there was no way to get it yesterday (shortage of people who could get the picture), which is why I show it on a hanger.

12:08 PM  
Blogger AnneB said...

This is just too lovely! I'll be knitting it soon!

12:36 PM  
Blogger MimiCatKnits said...

Oh,Melanie! This is just STUNNING!

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just beautiful!


1:23 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Wow! Stunning! Just absolutely Stunning! Your work always is!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

gorgeous and unique! K, when i get back from canada i may need to peek into my stash and purchase the pattern!

6:39 PM  
Blogger Knitting by the Pond said...

Stunning! :) Love the color you chose!

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Kati said...

Wow! Beautifully done! Original, too.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Happy Knitter said...

melanie this is beautiful but since I don't do well reading charts if you ever write out the whole pattern I will be first in line to get it, I am not one who is into shawls but this is so lovely I just have to have the pattern.........

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the return row a purl row, or is it lace pattern going both directions?


It's lovely, and I particularly like the shape, but I've gotten too old for lace patterns on every row.


8:41 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

The WS rows are purled except for edge stitches which are worked in garter stitch.

8:47 AM  
Blogger mickiinpodunk said...

Is this shawl too long/wide, in your opinion, to be successfully worn by a 6 or 7 year old child?

3:46 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Micki- I think it would be too long for a 6 or 7 year old unless she's really tall. (I'm using my 8 year old son as a height gauge here and he is on the tall side, but if he were a girl, this would be too tall for him to wear.)

An option would be to work it in laceweight on US 4's or so - that would scale it down for her. I would think that working it this way, she'd still be able to wear it for several years, but I wouldn't think it would still fit her as an adult in this smaller size. I would also use size 8 seed beads on the laceweight yarn.

4:17 PM  
OpenID muppetk said...

Wow. Your patterns are so beautiful that they're forcing me to learn to knit. :) (I taught my self casting on, knit & pearl last week and it's ALL your fault.) :) I wish I could find something like your work in crochet, but the closest I can find is doilies. Doilies are pretty, but pointless. Shawls, OTOH, are infinitely useful.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...


1:12 PM  
Blogger TexanaPurls said...

It's just beautiful! Now, are you learning to flamenco dance? Great shawl!

6:29 PM  
Blogger kaykatrn said...

Hi! I love the Flamenco pattern. Any suggestions for making that 17" longer? The person I am making this one for is 5'10" and wants her arms covered.

I cannot tell you how I nearly screeched when I first saw this pattern. It is incredible, both the lace design and the shape of it! Thanks.

10:42 AM  
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Blogger Jhon clerk said...

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