Knitwear designs often start out as an idea in one person's head, and are then brought to life by a team effort. That's what happened with Jen Arnall-Culliford's gorgeous Golden Wheat lace shawl.
Says Jen: “My inspiration came from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush - I saw how nupps could be used to make wheat-like motifs. I played around with stitch patterns, combining ideas from a number of sources, before settling on the three main areas: centre, border and edging. “The centre of the shawl is worked back and forth on straight needles before being joined in the round. The shawl is then worked from the middle outwards in a central lace pattern followed by a border pattern. Finally a knitted-on edging is used to cast off all stitches.”
Working full-time as The Knitter's technical editor, Jen simply didn't have time to realise the ideas in her head herself, so expert sample knitter Kim Hobley did the creating. The third team member was the talented Lilith at Old Maiden Aunt Yarns. “Lilith custom-dyed the alpaca merino silk laceweight yarn to the shade of golden wheat and did a wonderful job,” says Jen.
If you like this then you can see more of Jen's work here and over at Ravelry. Enjoy.