Go Tell the Bees

There is an old Celtic custom that bees must be told of changes in the households of their keepers. The bees might leave or stop producing if they’re not kept in the loop! I was inspired to design this shawl by “Go Tell the Bees I am Gone,” the title of the upcoming book in the Outlander series.

This is Go Tell the Bees in Fierce Fibers Renai, Saigon Cinnamon. I used a 175g/645 yard gradient cake and loved every moment.

These crescent shawls begin with a knit or cable cast on at the lower edge and feature a honeybee stitch motif and honeycomb-inspired lace edging. The crescent is shaped with simple short rows. No wrapping at the turns is required. The shawls make gradient yarns shine, and are also lovely in semi-solid colors. Knit in fingering weight yarn, you may choose either 430 yards for a shawlette, or 645 yards for a larger shawl.

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But what if you only have a smaller cake? This is Go Tell the Bees in Fierce Fibers Renai, Plum, 115g/4 oz/430 yards. Not quite as big, but very lovely.

The pattern offers both sizes, Gauge is 24 stitches per 4 inches in stockinette stitch; I used a 3.5mm/US 4 needle. Charts and line by line instructions for the lace patterns are included, as well as a link to a video tutorial for the Bee Motif.

This pattern is coming soon, June 1. I’m having a knit-along for it beginning June 11. You can sign up for the KAL in my Ravelry group here.

If you’d like to use the same yarn I did, you can order Renai in many colors from Fierce Fibers. Stacey is offering it at 10% off through June 30, 2017 with coupon code MICHELEBEE10.

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Thank you for your interest in Go Tell the Bees!