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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Swan Lake

Now available in a traditional pattern format, Swan Lake: the design for Mystery Stole 3!

My interpretation of the classic ballet in a knitted stole, Swan Lake combines many lace patterns into a single, stunning stole design. Beginning with a formal looking arrangement of lace, the stole ends with a wing symbolizing the cursed life Odette is forced to lead as a swan from dawn to midnight and a princess from midnight to dawn. Not intended to be a design for beginning lace knitters due to the number of different techniques used, it will not be a particularly difficult knitting project for an intermediate knitter who is comfortable with working from charts. The entire stole is charted, from the beginning point of the design, through the wing created by short rows. Beads can also be added to the stole for those looking for a more formal wrap. Complete directions walk you step by step through the unique combination of techniques necessary to achieve the shaping in this stole. Also included are directions for making a symmetrical stole without a wing with a lace panel joining the two halves.
As a bonus, there is a third design included in this pattern: The Wings of A Dream!
As Earth bound creatures, humans have always wondered what it would feel like to have wings and soar with the birds. Knit this stole and give your spirit wings! The Wings of A Dream design is also fully charted and beaded. Again, step by step directions will take you through the creation of your stole and you too can experience your own flight of fancy.
Swan Lake finished size: 77 inches long x 20 inches wide
Swan Lake yardage: 1000 yards laceweight yarn (Jaggerspun Zephyr shown)
The Wings of A Dream finished size: 88 inches long x 19 inches wide across center back
The Wings of A Dream yardage: 1200 yards laceweight yarn (Knitpicks Bare Laceweight, handdyed by the designer shown)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What color Zephyr did you use on the second design Melanie? It photographed lovely.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh...the pink blob... it is siply beautiful. Your patterns are so lushious. Start planning a book Melanie - your subjects are waiting!

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's incredibly fabulous, Melanie. Thank you for such a fun MS3 and these beautiful, creative, original designs. You've outdone yourself with all the options. And I don't think you are charging enough!

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, the pink one is gawjus. I participated in MS3, and I'm going to by the double winged version as well! Melanie, absolutely GREAT work! I can't believe I'm considering knitting another one so soon, and my 1st one isn't even blocked!


7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this pattern. I was watching knitters make it on different blogs and I was hoping to find the pattern. I ordered it right away. Awsome.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Gorgeous, Melanie! Thanks for a wonderful MS3 - what an enjoyable summer of knitting you created for us!

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melanie, Thank you for a lovely garment I will truly enjoy wearing. Your pattern is outstanding, your charting and directions a pleasure to follow, your "mystery theme" lots of fun. I joined fully expecting to set it aside for a future time, but was caught up the fun with everyone else and finished it in time to wear to a wedding two weeks ago.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

Thank you so much for a beautiful pattern. Now to finish mine...

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've ordered right away! Thank you so much, Melanie, for so much fun knitting the MS3 during this summer. It was really fun and the stole is so beautiful!
Andrea from Germany

3:39 AM  
Blogger TheKnittingBee said...

I've regretted not joining MS3 all summer, and have been desperately waiting for the pattern! I love it :) Thank you for getting it out so speedily, and I can't wait to start!

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melanie, thanks for your generosity. I did finish my winged shawl - and guessed the theme! It will be a Christmas gift for my best friend. If you're eve in the Charlottesville area, give me a holler and maybe we can meet. I'm in Afton.

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, watched all summer as MS3s were progressing and regretted not getting signed up! Thank you for the gorgeous, gorgeous pattern.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Denise Copeland said...

All of your designs are incredible! I hope to finish Schereazade this weekends and Swan Lake within the next couple of weeks. I so much appreciate the Mystery Stole experience and your incredible generousity. The double wing stole is beyond words! I can't wait to begin!

7:57 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Would that I could knit fine yarns on tiny needles ... both are breathtaking! The pictures Joy has of her shawl are fantastic. Would that I was slim enough and beautiful enough to WEAR one!!


8:50 AM  
Blogger Ivy said...

Oh wow, that is gorgeous. All of the versions! So beautiful.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this! It was really a blast to knit the MS3 along with so many others.

10:25 AM  
Blogger rowan said...

Hi Melanie!
I bought Swan Lake here even though I'm an MS3er. I felt that you put so much energy and effort into this that it was well worth the 6 bucks and more. I am going to knit the double winged version next. I knit the MS3 as a symmetrical grafted version and it won 2nd place at our LYS contest! I was thrilled! Thanks for all the fun.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

Thank you so much, Melanie, for this via MS3. I can't wait to finish up!

You rawk!

11:13 AM  
Blogger JanetK said...

Melanie, this MS3 knit up into an absolutely gorgeous shawl and I love mine. Would it be possible for you to find a model for your double winged beauty so that we could see what it looks like being worn? The idea of it makes me want to knit it, but I have to admit, I couldn't finish the winged version of MS3 until I saw pictures of it on a model. I do not regret it though!

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi -
I really enjoy seeing your designs and would like to make one of them. Which do you recommend for a beginning knitter who has never done lace before?
Thank you.
Editor Mom

11:55 AM  
Blogger Tan said...

The wing design is really beautiful. I'm so impressed.

6:16 PM  
Blogger kimberly said...

I've knit the one-winged version and love it!! Thanks so much for a wonderful pattern. I love the pink one too.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Duckymama said...

Melanie - just beautiful and I love the symmetrical wing option. I may have to see if I can do this one!

(are you a local Loudoun girl, or a transplant; I'm local and still here!)

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Melanie, Diane Carlson Great Adirondack Rep referred me to your site for patterns. Do you wholesale your patterns? We sell tons of Great Adirondack yarns.My yarn store site is www.eweneedyarn.com I would love to have some of your patterns for my shop. Email is eweneedyarn@mchsi.com. I look forward to hearing from you, Terri

10:33 AM  
Blogger Gauss said...

Melanie, I've just finished knitting the Ms3, and I wanted to thank you for sharing this gorgeous pattern with us this summer. It's one of the most beautiful shawls I've ever seen, and I look forward to knitting again with your next summer!

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Melanie, Can I pay by check for the pattem of 'Swan Lake', what address should I send to?

my email address is jenny_zhaochin@yahoo.com.

Thank you

11:35 PM  
Blogger Andrea Bailey said...

Hi Melanie!

I would like to purchase the Swan Lake pattern with either a money order or use my debit card. Your work is so beautiful.

Thanks in advance,

Andrea Bailey

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This stole is gorgeous! Is the pattern available in german? Greetings from snowwhite Germany.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Marvellous designs, Melanie! I'm sooooooooo impressed! And not only me... Many participants of the Russian knitting web-site are constantly looking for new patterns, trying to ceate their own ones and sure need a piece of advice now and then. We do have a section dedicated to stoles here: http://forum.knitting-info.ru/index.php?showforum=1477 . But communication with the Author is quite different and much more fun. I suggest that you join our community, and not only for communication. You could also sell your patterns here. Our people are not used to sending money abroad, but if you sell through our site knitting-info.ru, this could be sorted out: Russian users will be able to pay Russian roubles, and you will be getting US$ via PayPal. What do you say to this?

2:37 AM  
Anonymous الأندرويد said...

fantastic and creative how much time it takes you to make them

11:05 AM  
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1:47 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Hello! I love this pattern and began making it for a friend a couple years ago, but it ended up hibernating for a while and now I can't seem to find my printed copy of the pattern. I went to download it again from my Ravelry library, but it's not showing up in my purchases for some reason. I know I owned it, because I'm about 1/2 way done with it, but I can't access it there and was wondering if it's possible to get it from you without buying it again.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

oh, and my email (for the above question) is wintermoon3 at gmail dot com.

3:01 PM  
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