The Betiko collection is now complete! Here is Zulo:
Zulo (on ravelry here) is a lace patterned version of the Betiko shawl construction, completing the Betiko collection (on ravelry here), along with Biratu the cabled version, and Lerro the colorwork version.
It’s a leethal kind of lace shawl pattern, so it’s not lace weight! The fully patterned version was designed in worsted-ish weight (the yarn is called DK, but it seems to me like a standard worsted, yarn labels can be weird), but it can totally be made in a lighter weight, knit loosely, for a more lacy looking lace shawl.
Like the other collection patterns, there is the fully patterned version (lace in all sections and panels), and a simple variation, with stockinette stitch in the main body, lace only around the edges and in the triangle wedges.
My simple variation sample is in fingering weight, the main color being 1 full skein of sock yarn, and the edging in a contrasting partial skein. The simple shawl can be made in any weight, any gauge, any size, and you can even customize the shape (making it more short and deep, or long and narrow, etc, as you like).
The fully patterned version is in a standard size, the size of the sample (pretty darn large), but the size is adjustable by working the main body section more or less to make it bigger or smaller, or by adjusting your gauge.
The yarn used in the main sample is Three Fates Yarns Themis BFL DK (which is labeled as DK weight, but appears as a worsted weight), 3 skeins in Orange Love Machine. I loved working with this yarn!
My simple variation sample is in Three Fates Yarns Terra Sock fingering weight, 1 full skein (460 yards / 420 meters) in Fremont, 1 partial skein (120 yards / 110 meters) in Netarts. Love these colors, especially that pop of the gorgeous contrasting edging color!
There are two different outer edging patterns, thinner and wider edges – either edge can be used in either shawl version, so you can choose depending on how much yardage you have or whether you want a bit of extra size. My simple sock weight has the wider edge, and my worsted weight has the thinner edge (which makes them actually about the same size, because of the gauge difference).
I have a feeling this orange shawl is going to get a ton of wear by me! It’s big enough that it can wrap around twice and tie for extra bundling as needed. (I don’t know what I’m doing in that photo, but I like it!)
And while my medium-sized sock yarn shawl is smaller, it’s still big enough to wrap around the neck nicely, or even to cover the shoulders a bit… you can make the simple version any size though, so you can easily make a GIANT one if that’s what you want!
The pattern pdf is kind of massive, but that’s because of all the variations and patterning – all the lace patterns are charted and written, there are tutorials for the provisional cast-on and the short rows, and there are detailed schematics and process photos. It has been heavily tested and edited, and you can see some beautiful other versions by my awesome test knitters on ravelry here. I especially love Lisa’s because it looks so different from mine, so delicate and lacy and PRETTY, not a normal leethal-style looking knit item! Kate’s is also worth pointing to – it really works in the colorful variegated yarn! Many thanks to all the fabulous knitters who helped me test and edit this lengthy pattern!!
So, Zulo finally concludes the long-term Betiko collection, which began in 2010! That’s when Betiko was first released* (originally as my first ever mystery knit-a-long), but then I didn’t decide to turn it into a collection until 2013, when I released Biratu, then Lerro last year, and now it is DONE. Let me tell you, it feels good for this to be crossed off my giant design to-do list!
And I am super happy and proud of the entire collection… which is really more like 8 patterns, pretending to be 4 patterns, since they all have two versions. I plan to never do patterns this complex again, and to never do a collection spread out like this again… but in the end, I’m glad I did this one, because I love all the patterns, even if they are a bit overwhelming at first glance. The great thing is, if you knit one of them, then you know how the construction works, and you can knit any of the other ones without needing to read most of the general construction-y info pages, since they all work the same way. And they’re not actually hard to make, they just have lots of versatility ;)
*In case you didn’t know – if you were an early buyer of Betiko before the collection began, you can use coupon code betikoknitter to get the collection with the $6 you spent on Betiko subtracted from the total.
Side story: Above is the first collection graphic I made a couple weeks ago, getting ready for the collection to be complete… then last week, when I completed the final sample, I posted the below photo on instagram. It got a record number of like clicks! Omg you guys were into this shot! So, I was inspired by your instagram enthusiasm and I made a brand new collection graphic, at the top of this blog post. And I love it! So glad that happened!
Oh, if you’re in Portland, these two shawls will be hanging out at the Three Fates Yarns trunk show at Happy Knits this Friday and Saturday for the Rose City Yarn Crawl! Check ’em out! (I’ll also be around at a few shops throughout the weekend, so say hi if you see me! I’ll give you a postcard or button!)
Another side note… now that this collection is done, I have another very similar collection in the beginning stages – it will also be a small group of patterns all using the same construction, just like this one, except not with the two different versions for each pattern. Simplified. But fun. I’m really excited about it! Once I have things to show, I’ll be posting about it on instagram, twitter, and my ravelry group :)
And speaking of my ravelry group… it’s been real quiet in there lately, and that’s a bummer, so I’m going to make an effort to make things more fun over there! Which means, I’ll be posting more about what I’m doing, and announcements and stuff (the kinds of things I usually just post on twitter – since not everyone is on my preferred social media outlets, I’ll repost things from twitter and instagram in the group), and we can hopefully get some conversations going! Let’s all hang out together, leethal knitters!
Well I hope you like Zulo** – it’s a great knit for this transitional weather season, since it can be warm or not so much, depending on how you make it and how you wear it. Happy knitting everyone, whether you’re in this weird early spring here in the pacific northwest, or that brutal long winter over in the northeast, or wherever else in the world you might be!
**Betiko is a Basque name meaning eternal, as that shawl is forever customizable, and Zulo is a Basque word for hole (as in eyelet holes, in lace).