Diamond Dust Wrap to Knit

In the book New Heights in Lace Knitting, published by Interweave, designer Andrea Jurgrau has assembled a stunning collection of lace shawls and accessories. In the 11th-annual Lace Issue, May/June 2018, PieceWork is delighted to share an excerpt from Andrea’s book, “The Diamond Dust Wrap.” Here’s Andrea to explain her inspiration.

Diamond dust is a ground-level “cloud” composed of crystals of ice. Also called ice crystals, diamond dust generally forms under clear skies. It is most commonly seen in Antarctica, and this type of precipitation may continue for several days without interruption.

A massif is a section of the earth’s crust that is marked by faults. When the crust moves, a massif retains its internal structure while being moved as a whole. The term is used to refer to a group of mountains formed in this way.

Mount Vinson is the highest peak in Antarctica, at 16,050 feet (4892.0 m). The massif is about 750 miles (1,200 km) from the South Pole and is about 13 miles (21 km) long and 8 miles (13 km) wide. It was named after Carl Vinson, a U.S. congressman from Georgia. The Vinson Massif was first seen in 1958 and first climbed in 1966. As of February 2010, 1,400 climbers have attempted to reach the top of Mount Vinson.

This piece combines classic hex-mesh and leaves, along with stylized ice floats and sea creatures. It is a full circle/hexagon with an opening that wraps around the wearer like a cloak.

Diamond Dust Wrap

The back of Andrea Jurgrau’s “Diamond Dust Wrap.” Photos by Donald Scott.

Materials

  • Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace, 100% baby alpaca yarn, laceweight, 437 yard (399.6 m)/50 gram (1.8 oz) skein, 2 skeins of #1413 Silver
  • Needle, size 2, circular, 40 inches (100 cm) or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Toho 8/0 Japanese Seed Beads, 25 grams (0.9 oz) in #TB-F635 Silver-Lined Matte Crystal AB with square holes
  • Crochet hooks, steel, size 14 (0.6 mm) or size to fit beads and size 0 (1.75 mm) for bind-off
  • Markers (optional)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Smooth waste yarn
  • T-pins, stainless
  • Blocking mats
  • Blocking wire, four 60-inch (152.4 cm) lengths

Finished size: 40½ inches (102.9 cm) wide and 16½ (41.9 cm) long at center back, blocked and relaxed

Andrea Jurgrau is a nurse practitioner and avid lace knitter. She is the author of New Heights in Lace Knitting: 17 Lace Knit Accessory Patterns and New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired by the Past (published by Interweave in 2016 and 2014, respectively).
Her patterns have appeared in other books and a wide variety of magazines.

Download a copy of the May/June 2018 issue of PieceWork and make the elegant Diamond Dust Wrap. Plus, discover another lace shawl from the May/June 2018 issue: “A Shawl Based on a Weldon’s Veil Pattern to Knit.”

Featured Image: The front of Andrea Jurgrau’s “Diamond Dust Wrap.”


Learn more about the history of lace in PieceWork!

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