Sterling Silver and Moss Agate Shawl Pin for Hand Knits.
This penannular brooch is a whimsical take on an Iron-Age design, cold-forged in sterling silver. I've added a fascinating moss agate tear drop to the base. This is an asymmetrical, "dancing" version of my more traditional knitting clasp, also available in my shop.
Cold-forging means no heat is used to form the metal-- just hammering and sheer force of will! The piece has been patina'ed and hand polished to bring out the depth and warmth of the design.
The penannular brooch is an elegant and practical. It measures 1 1/4" or 3cm in diameter, and 2 1/2" or 6.5cm long including the amethyst drop hanging 1" or 2.5cm below the clasp. Once the fabric has been secured on the pin, the pin is then slid between the legs of the pin and the oval frame can be turned around, securing the brooch in place.
This brooch has been hallmarked in Edinburgh with the Scottish silver mark as well as my maker's mark.
I wear mine with my hand-knitted cardigans and coats, as I prefer this type of closure to buttons or clasps that come undone. This works very well with chunky, aran or worsted knits.
A version of this pin is featured in Staci Perry's Easy Knit Sweater Jacket Tutorial at Very Pink Knits. You can learn about the pattern (and get a how-to on how to fasten these brooches) over here.