Beaded medallions worked in the round with vertical pillars of double yarnovers border a simple diagonal lace center. Samarran was designed to evoke the curling script that adorns ornate desert buildings with glittering blue tiles in the bright sun.
SIZE 29” wide and 72” long
Plymouth Yarn Company, Alpaca Prima [100% Superfine alpaca, 31/2oz/100g; 363 yds/332m]; Color: 1130, 3 skeins
1 set US #7/4.5 mm 24 inch circular needle
1 set US #7/4.5 mm 47 inch circular needle
1 US #13/0.75mm crochet hook (for placing beads, optional)
Tapestry needle, #360 Size 6 Toho Beads, Color #952 Sea Foam- lined light topaz rainbow, waste yarn for provisional cast on.
16 sts/27 rows = 4” main body chart after blocking; gauge is not critical for this pattern but may affect yardage.
The center of this shawl is begun with a provisional cast on and worked back and forth on the shorter circular needle creating a rectangle. When the length is complete, the stitches are left live and border stitches are picked up and worked along the other 3 remaining edges. The piece is then joined to be worked in the round with markers to indicate the square corner patterning sections.