Glorious Golden Summer Rose.

Glorious Golden Summer Rose.

There are few things as beautiful as a rose.

Rose of Texas is inspired by an old song The Yellow Rose of Texas.  Said to have been written in the early 1800’s.  It is a folk song relating to the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836.  This song has been used in quite a few Westerns over the years.

Dated 1858, this was arranged for a contemporary Vaudeville entertainer.

Dated 1858, this was arranged for a contemporary Vaudeville entertainer.

I grew up watching the old westerns.  John Wayne was my hero.  I have quite a few of his movies in my collection.  I also have many modern westerns in that movie collection.  I still love those old westerns today.  I love the books as well .  I have read every Zane Grey and Louis Lamour book written.

Working with the Buffalo Wool Co. and designing for their book “CowGirl Knits” has allowed me to release my inner cowgirl and play with the motifs from one of my favorite genre’s.  Rose of Texas is the third for the book.  I have one more pattern under construction and it is a pair of Western styled Gauntlet Gloves.  They are currently arguing with me!

Rose of Texas - blocking.

Rose of Texas – blocking.

Back View

Back View

Front View

Front View

Rose of Texas is knit with 2 hanks of lace weight Heaven – 100% bison and 1 hank of A Strange Twist of Fate and Fibre – Crewel Lye.  There are approx. 80grs of size 8/0 beads, Colour 8212SB, transparent rainbow yellow from Matsuno Dyna-mites.  Most of the beads are placed with a crochet hook and the rest of the beads are knit into the ends of each piece of fringe.

The full rose with leaf pattern.

The full rose with leaf pattern.

Center line details

Center line details

I love the drape of this yarn.

I love the drape of this yarn.

“Rose” is a first for me in that it is the first pattern I have ever written without knitting it first!  Usually I have to knit the piece and take notes to create the pattern.  This one – I wrote the pattern and then had another knitter knit it up for me.

Fiona Ballard does a lot of test knitting for me and is fabulous at following and checking my patterns.  With her help I hope to design more patterns without knitting them all up first!

IMG_7753I hope that you find my “Rose” as beautiful as a real Rose.

Happy Knitting

Lynette