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Helen Stewarts Amulet Shawl with Beads

Pattern Available to Purchase on Ravelry:  Amulet was inspired by the mystical beauty of an ancient Egyptian carving of a powerful scarab beetle with wings outstretched to provide shelter and protection from harm. The elongated triangle shape of this shawl recalls the scarab’s wings, which are also echoed in the graphically striking rib section. The most important characteristic of any amulet is the power ascribed to it by its owner, and I have tried to infuse this design with some of that energy and intention. The sacred significance of handmade objects is something that every knitter knows. Made for yourself, it is an eloquent act of self-care. When knit for a loved one, it is a compelling symbol of comfort and love.

Featuring lace, eyelets, and optional beading (for a little extra magic), the Amulet shawl pattern offers two sizes, medium and large. With plenty of intriguing details to keep you interested, this is an exciting knit that is also well within the reach of courageous new shawl knitters. It can be knit in one, two, or even more colours, making it an excellent project for stash busting.


This pattern is written in the Curious Handmade Percentage Checklist style™ Charts are provided for the lace sections, along with line-by-line instructions.

Finished Measurements:  Medium 152cm (60”) diameter across top edge  51cm (20”) neck to bottom edge
Large: 178cm (70”) diameter across top edge 66cm (26”) neck to bottom edge

Medium:  800 yards fingering weight (2 100 Gram skeins; if doing 2 color, use 1 skein of each color.
Approximately 160g of fingering or sock weight yarn totaling approximately 585m/640yds. If knitting the medium in two colours you will need approximately 80g of each colour
Large  2 x 100g skeins, OR Approximately 200g of fingering yarn totaling approximately 768m/840yds
If knitting the large in two colours you will need one whole 100g skein of each colour

Needles: 4mm (US 6), 100cm (40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)

Notions: Tapestry needle, 1 Stitch marker
Beads:  US Steel Size 12/1.0mm Crochet hook (or hook small enough to fit through holes in beads)
Medium Approx. 480 beads / 40g size 6 seed beads (beads used in sample are Miyuki beads)
Large Approx. 600 beads / 50g size 6 seed beads

Correct bead counts for the large size are:
Row 131-47 beads
Row 139-49 beads
Row 149-51 beads

(count was out by one - only affects number of beads needed per row - directions are correct)

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details:
Materials Included: None
Instructor: Marie
Price includes class only. Don't forget your 10% discount on yarn for this class!

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