Dancing Shoes

Shoes. What woman doesn’t love shoes? Well, there are some, but for most of us the love affair started at some point in our teens, and rapidly became a lifelong passion. Mine was recently renewed by, of all things, a hank of yarn—a beautiful hank of lovely red yarn, whose color name is 1 Red Shoe. Later, I was delighted when I found a frivolous font that is nothing but a collection of women’s shoes. All these lovely shoes made me want to go dancing, but not dancing as its mostly done today, rather dancing like in the old movies. I want to dance a romantic tango with my husband while he holds a perfect red rose in his teeth, or be swept away in a glorious waltz—either way I want to be wearing a stunning dress, and drop dead fabulous red shoes.

This crescent-shaped scarf would be just the thing to have draped across my shoulders while being propelled magically across the dance floor. It begins with a lovely bit of old-fashioned lace along the bottom edge. Short rows are used to shape it into a crescent, and the top edge is decorated with a tiny applied border that adds just a touch of flounce.

Like the stitch, but you'd prefer a differently shaped shawl? Take a look at In the Spring Rain, a stunning triangular shawl using the same border stitch. Lots and lots of beads (optional).


Yarn: lace weight; 270 [500, 870, 1070] yards; Note on yarn: though yarn used for model is lace weight, it’s on the thicker side, and works up more like a fine fingering weight
Model: Anzula Cloud in 1 Red Shoe in second size; 575 yards in 100 grams; 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon.
Gauge: 20 sts to 4 inches (10 cm) in near top of stitch pattern after blocking
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) needles
Crochet hooks: US 13 (.85 mm) steel hook, or the size that best fits through the whole in beads
Beads: 225 [275, 350, 400] size 8/0 seed beads; use size 6/0 seed beads with thicker yarns
Finished size: length measured along top of lace just under short rows: 43.75 [54.5, 65.5, 76.25] inches; 111.1 [138.4, 166.4, 193.7] cm
Notions: stitch markers are optional
Difficulty:
Intermediate

Skills: k2tog, ssk, YO, placing beads with crochet hook method, cable cast on, double YO, applied border
Stitch instructions: Charted.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.