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hanami is finished

9 August 2007 10,429 views 52 Comments

I realized today that I haven’t had a knitting FO since May. Time to fix that.

hanami blossom edge

hanami beaded edges

The Project Details

Pattern: Hanami Stole by Melanie Gibbons, Pink Lemon Twist

hanami transition

Yarn: 2 skeins of Handmaiden Seasilk in Ebony bought on eBay. I wish I’d had the option to buy this in person as the two skeins are different colours. The basketweave section has a pale pink running through it and the blossoms ended up with more orange than pink. If I’d noticed it sooner, I would have knit them with opposite skeins.

Needles: Size 4 US Addi Lace Turbos.

Started: May 21st, 2007
Finished: August 8th, 2007

hanami blossom half

Modifications: I only knit 4 repeats of Chart G, I skipped the ruffled edge and finished with a beaded bind off instead.

hanami blossom fold

Final Verdict: The yarn substitution worked out perfectly. It has a beautiful drape, sheen and crispness to the stitches. Blocked out it is 21″ x 70″. The only drawback to the Seasilk is the smell. It’s faint, but if the project spent any amount of time in a ziploc (for travel) the silk smell hit you full on.

hanami full length


  • erin said:

    It’s so beautiful!

  • knitterista said:

    that is so unfreakinbelievable…gorgeous…I can’t imagine how long that took…wow!

  • margaux said:

    I like you to know that I exclaimed, “holy shit!” when the page loaded. That is gorgeous!! What a beautiful stole… such a stunning pattern!

  • finnyknits said:

    Simply put, AWESOME. So beautiful and OMG how how how do you manage to keep making these intricate gorgeous shawls? That is some incredibly detailed work. You are my new hero.

  • LaBean said:

    Wow that is gorgeous!! You chose a wonderful color. I like the full on pic, too. I’m slowly working my way up to more complex shawls.. Slowly but surely.

  • Elizabeth said:

    Wow. Beautiful. Speechless. I’m not sure when I’ve seen such gorgeous lace.

  • Sasha said:

    That is lovely, really beautiful!

  • maryse said:

    it is beautiful. it’s on my to-do list.

  • Sue H said:

    It is beatiful!!! Lovely coloring. You must be so proud – and so happy to be done. Wear it in good health!!

  • Auntly H said:

    Confirmation that I MUST knit this stole. It’s amazing!

  • Zarah said:

    Gorgeous! I never knew there was that bubbly random pattern on one end.

  • zilya said:

    It’s super pretty! Awesome job, Caro.

  • zilya said:

    It’s super pretty! Awesome job, Caro.

  • carole said:

    I love this pattern and you have executed it beautifully!!!

  • kathy said:

    Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous. I gasped when it came up on the screen. I think I’d find a reason to wear this everyday. The beauty of the color gradation in step with the progressive change in the lace pattern is just spectacular. Have fun stylin’ on the town in this one!

  • yaiAnn said:

    I love love love love LOVE this. I just bought the pattern. Now to find the perfect yarn and beads!

  • Ühltje said:

    I am soooo going to knit this shawl. You are a great inspiration, that it can be done. It is gorgeous.

  • stacey said:

    amazing. stunning. I am not a lace knitter, but seeing that shawl – it just may convert me.

  • terhi said:

    Breathtakingly gorgeous. And what a beautiful yarn you chose, perfect for the pattern. Amazing work!

  • Zonda said:

    Gorgeous! I’m not a lace knitter, but this could make me rethink that!

  • Nikki said:

    It’s beautiful. Makes me wish I could knit.

  • Chris said:

    It is absolutely stunning! *sigh* That’s the one bad thing about silk, isn’t it? :(

  • s t a c i said:

    Ahhh-mazing. It is so unique and beautiful.

  • diana said:

    Gorgeous! Such an amazing lace project.

  • Kim U said:

    That is gorgeous!!!

  • cosy said:


  • Amber said:

    Ok so now I wanna knit lace. SO GORGEOUS!

  • Kristin said:

    I am completely in love with it! Great job!

  • Risa said:

    It’s absolutely gorgeous! I might have to add that stole to my queue. Beautiful work.

  • Jen said:

    That looks fantastic! I love the subtle color variations, a perfect match.

  • anne said:

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous. I finished mine last week – fantastic pattern, eh?

  • Terry said:

    Gorgeous! You did a really! wonderful job w. this shawl. And I really like your mods to it – esp. the borders. I think you just enabled me to get this one :) Enjoy wearing and showing off the shawl!

  • Karma said:

    The flat photos are amazing, so impressive! Hanami should be displayed on the wall as an art installation. :) I hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I enjoy those photos.

  • paula said:

    It is so pretty and impressive

  • ivete said:

    GORGEOUS! I have that shawl on my to-do list too, and now that I’ve seen it in your dark color I might have to copy you!

  • Nubiancraftster said:

    Wow the shawl is gorgeous and in Seasilk too!!! mmmmmm!! got to love it.

  • jene said:

    Mother of God. This project is so impressive and your execution is perfection. CONGRATULATIONS.

  • alison said:

    This is just beautiful, Caro. It’s in my queue, but I’m going to go and bump it closer to the front of the line now!

  • Spiffy said:

    OMG — like butta! That is truly incredible!

  • Donna said:

    Just Beautiful Caro! Congrats ; )

  • Kirsty said:

    What a wonderful creation! I just love it, one of the best lace pieces that I have seen so far on blogs!!!

  • kelp! said:

    Oooh! I love it in that color, and skipping the ruffley border was definitely the Right Move.

  • Leslie said:

    The stole is gorgeous! I love the color of the Sea Silk, and the pattern is beautiful as well. Wonderful job!

  • Juliefrick said:

    Simply stunning, Caro! So sophisticated, and I love the way the colors work. Given the pattern changes, the slight color variation could just be seen as a complement to that.

  • Christine said:

    Every time I look at these photos it makes me want to cast on *right now* for it. (Slight problem since I don’t have yarn for it, but there are plenty of yarn stores nearby!) It is sooooo lovely!

  • aija said:

    So stunning… I love love love the color.

  • Rose Red said:

    Clicked through from WhipUp – that is gorgeous – so beautiful in darker yarn – I love it.

  • Suann said:

    Your stole is beautiful. I think that the odor will dissipate over time. I have some sea silk in my stash and it doesn’t really smell at all now (5 months old). I want to use my sea silk for this. Was 2 skeins enough if you followed the pattern? Would you share how did you do the bead bind off?

  • hpny knits said:

    stunning! since the stole is not symmetrical, the color differences are balanced. I have some sea silk and this will be a great use for it.

  • Solveig said:

    Carolyn – this is gorgeous! I am so impressed by your pieces. It was great meeting you at Jeff and Heathers bbq. You gave me instant shot of inspiration!

  • GIna said:

    I LOVE IT!!!!! I have the pattern and some yarn I might try this with……. How did you do the beaded cast off if you dont mind my asking!?!?! I saw this on Ravelry and had to come look! GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!

  • pamelamama said:

    Wow, that is just fantastic. I think your modifications are spot-on. I want one just like that!

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