Before the big reveal, let me tell the background story about this pattern first.
It took a long time for me to design this pattern. I think I knitted this pattern almost 5 or 6 times. The problem was that I could not make it into many sizes. Writing the pattern only one size pattern seemed not a good idea for me as some people like their shawl small, and some like it large. My goal is to sell as many patterns as possible and selling only 1 size seems to defy that goal.
To cut the story short, after re-knitting it many times, in the end I managed to design this shawl into 3 sizes. Below is the first finished sample in small size. I used 2 sizes of beads. Size 6 beads for the edging and size 8 beads for the body. At first, I used size 6 beads all over and I was not very happy with the result. The beads distracting the pattern on the body, so to the frog pond it went. The second try, I maintained the size 6 beads on the edging, but I used size 8 beads for the body. This time I love the result.
Pattern: When The Flowers Bloom (Small)
Materials: Rendezvous Silky Temptation (440yd/400m per 100g skein; 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Silk) in Simply Blue colorway
Quantity: 1 skein
Needle: 3.5 mm
Start Date: 16 January 2014
Finish Date: 28 January 2014
Finished Size on Blocking Board: Wingspan: 112 cm / 44.1" ; Depth: 50 / 19.7"
Succeed with the small size, I immediately cast-on the medium size shawl. The medium size needs 2 skeins of yarn. This time I chose cobalt color.
The beads for this one was not as prominent as the previous one. The color is more subtle.
Here is the close up of the beads:
Pattern: When The Flowers Bloom (Medium)
Materials: Rendezvous Silky Temptation (440yd/400m per 100g skein; 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Silk) in Cobalt colorway
Quantity: 2 skeins
Needle: 3.5 mm
Start Date: 28 January 2014
Finish Date: 13 February 2014
Finished Size on Blocking Board: Wingspan: 136 cm / 53.5" ; Depth: 62 cm / 24.4"