The first pattern in my new La Folia Collection is out! It's a sweet, simple one-skein shawl called Folia Crescent. This one was very quick to knit, straightforward and not requiring much attention after the first repeat or two. Watching the lace emerge kept things interesting, and of course knitting with such beautiful yarn is always a pleasure.
- a leafy lace panel surrounded by squishy garter stitch
- easy-to-wear crescent shape
- a garter-tab cast on and an i-cord bind off
- suitable for beginner lace knitters
- stitch markers keep track of the lace section so you don't have to
- a one skein project in fingering-weight yarn
- perfect for that precious single skein of sock yarn
- one size, easily enlarged by working extra repeats
- pattern includes full written instructions and hybrid charted + written instructions
I used one skein of Merri Creek Sock yarn from local dyer and colour genius Miss Click Clack. The colour is called 'Ambergris', and it's an absolutely stunning glowing gold. The beauty of a small (6 row) lace repeat in this shawl is that you can keep knitting and use up almost all of your yarn. I'd recommend putting a lifeline in first before doing extra repeats, just in case!
The remaining two patterns in the collection, a drapy cowl and a large triangular shawl, will be released in mid-September and late September, respectively. They feature the same leafy lace and garter stitch combo, put together in different ways to suit the different shapes of the cowl and shawl.
I chose the name La Folia for this collection partly because folia means 'leaves' in Latin (just right for a botanical lace design), and because it's the name of a famous musical form based on a standard bass line. You can read about the history of the Folia bass line here, and find the sheet music for various versions here.
More than 150 composers have used variations on the La Folia theme in their music, including Corelli, Vivaldi, Marais, J.S. Bach, Handel, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff. There are all kinds of riches to be found by searching for 'La Folia' on Youtube! Here are a few that stood out to me.
A performance of Vivaldi's variations on "La Follia" (RV 63) with Baroque dancers:
A Folia in the Spanish style performed by the viola da gamba player Jordi Savall:
And the Australian group Latitude 37 recording their own set of variations on La Folia: