Meduseld’s Icicle Trim Shawl was very popular at Shenandoah’s Fiber Festival last week, and I received numerous requests for the pattern. As promised, here it is, FREE!
The shawl is springy and light and the icicle fringe gives it the appearance of winter, or even like dew on a spring morning. The body of the shawl is knitted and the trim is an easy crochet pattern.
2 skeins of Meduseld’s Lace Romney, approximately 500 yards
silver EE (#6) beads
US 6 Knitting needles
US G crochet hook
US 10-13 stainless crochet hook or beading needle
BODY – Place one stitch on your left knitting needle. Make one YO on right needle and knit the stitch on the left needle. Turn. YO, knit the two stitches. Turn, YO, knit the three stitches.Continue with this pattern until you have 164 rows. Each row will have one stitch more than the row before, and very quickly you’ll have a shawl with large loops at each side from the yarn-overs. Bind off the stitches of the last row keeping the remaining stitch and do not cut the yarn.
ICICLE TRIM – Insert crochet hook into the remaining stitch. Turn the shawl so that the side is up. * SC in first yarn-over loop. Chain three. **SC three stitches, placing a silver bead in each SC (see photos). SC in third chain stitch, Chain two, SC in same yarn-over loop. SC in next yarn-over loop. SC in next yarn over loop, chain three, ** repeat stitches between ** until you reach the tip of the shawl where you create an icicle in all three of the yarn-over loops. Resume from * and finish the other side of the shawl. Bind off and weave in yarn end.
Place a bead on the #10 hook. Pull yarn through the bead. This loop forms the next crochet stitch. Put the G hook through this loop and draw a stitch through it to complete the stitch.
Place three beads this way. You can see that each is separated by the completed single crochet stitch. Now SC in the third chain stitch, and chain two more to complete the “icicle.”
BLOCK – wash gently with a mild soap and block or lay flat on towel to dry, shaping the shawl.
Special notes: You will have yarn left over. You can make the shawl larger by increasing the number of rows. Just keep in mind the approximate amount you will need to crochet the edge.
For beading, I use a US #10 stainless crochet hook which is used for making crochet lace. The #10 size is fine enough to go through most of the beads and still has a large enough hook to draw the yarn through. Kate Rabjohns, our expert knitter, uses a #13, which being finer fits through more beads. Note that the hook is smaller though.
Meduseld’s Icicle Shawl
Pattern by Patricia Culver, Meduseld