Rain and Agave is a top-down, modern-lace shawlette made up of intricate, asymmetrical panels, boasting a creative new look in a sea of lace shawls that all look exactly the same. It is as simple to knit as it is original.
--Laceweight construction makes it light as air and nearly as transparent
--Requires 400-720 yards of laceweight yarn
--Requires US 4 circular needles
--Gauge is 20 sts per 4 inches, though exact gauge is not critical
--Comes with instructions for 4 panels (half circle) and 6 panels (crescent)
--Can be made with fingering for slightly beefier shawl
--Basic skills include provisional cast-on, SSK, k2tog, yo, and centered double decrease. Has special bind-off described in pattern
--Pattern comes with both written and fully charted instructions for knitters' convenience
The Rain and Agave Shawlette was inspired by the abundant flowering agave plants and torrential monsoon downpours of Southeast Arizona. Every summer here we get humongous, dark thunderstorms, yet the agave stand tall. This was my first pattern inspired by my Southwest home, but definitely wasn't my last.
My process is fairly simple--I start knitting and write down what I knit as I go so I have a pattern for later. After the piece has been completed and lovingly and meticulously blocked into shape, I find an excuse to wear it somewhere. I love to take pictures of my shawls backlit in our window--I think it really brings out the intricacies and the luminosity of the lace. Then I put my graph-paper pattern in the computer for use by myself and others.
For the example shawl, I used Madelinetosh Prairie in the colorway "Raspberry Cordial." However, yarn choice and colorway for this piece is limited only by the knitter's imagination.