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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Belladonna Took

The Belladonna Took shawlette is named after Belladonna Took, the hobbit, who became Mrs. Bungo Baggins, mother to Bilbo. J.R.R. Tolkien tells us that the Took family was known for adventures (not at all an acceptable activity for a hobbit) and it was this adventurous Took gene that prompted Bilbo to go on his own adventure with Gandalf and the dwarves. This small shawl is knit sideways and is adjustable according to the amount of yarn you have. Instead of the more common garter stitch or stockinette main body, this little shawl has an easy to memorize lace pattern paired with a lace edging. Easy to wear, it will be useful whether you have your own adventures or choose a more respectable lifestyle, doing nothing unexpected. It's large enough to toss over your shoulders if you should get chilly but small enough to keep in your bag when the Summer comes. The directions are in both charted and written format. The knitting is easy and the design works up quickly. This is a knitting adventure that won't make you late for dinner!

This shawl is shown in Handmaiden Silk Twist (65% wool/ 35% silk, 400m per 100 g skein). Shown in the colorway Moss, one skein was used. It can easily be adjusted to other weights of yarn just by changing needle size for your yarn and working as directed. Finished size as shown is 62 inches wide by 21 inches deep as measured from the center back down to the point. I should note that while this is a triangle shawl, because it is knit sideways, the point is more shallow than it would be if it were a top down triangle shawl. A less dramatic point on a triangle shawl is more flattering due to the general region of the wearer that the point of a shawl tends to point to.



Blogger sumik said...

Love it!

Bought it on Ravelry. Cannot resist anything Hobbity or Lotr related. What is that will power thing?

11:50 AM  
Blogger Di said...

I might have to get the needles out for the first time in about 3 years - this is beautiful.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Sheri said...

Another of your beautiful patterns I couldn't resist. I have almost that same color (which I love) in my stash of Dream in Color Smooshy. Thanks again for a great pattern!

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Madeline said...

Simple and lovely!

7:48 PM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

What a lovely name for a lovely shawl! I am thinking and very tempting ... for the name and for the rounded "point" ...

9:10 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Wow! This is so pretty and fresh and clean looking! Great job Melanie

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Tori said...

What are the dimensions of the shawl?

3:31 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

The finished shawl is 62 inches across the top and 21 inches deep (from neck to point). This is after blocking.

3:42 PM  
Blogger S K creations said...

Bought the pattern from Ravely, just wondering can you make the shawl longer than the 21" if so where would you start making it longer?

9:49 AM  

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