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 (if not younger), 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 like the ones that Kathleen Turner wears in V.I. Warshawski.

    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.

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  • Materials

    • 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).
    • Hook: US 13 (.85 mm).
    • 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.
    • Stitch instructions: Charted only.