*fern shawl*

Have you ever wondered why faeries can be so hard to find? Why, it’s because of their wonderful woodland camouflage! They wrap leaves around themselves to stay hidden
and work wild magic. I think we should have some faerie camo too! Don’t you?

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Finished measurements flat: 24” H x 82” W

Yarns used: DK weight yarn such as:
Lorna’s Laces Honor, 100 g – 275 yds – 251 m, 70% baby alpaca 30% silk.
MC: Chocolate 36NS (Brown) 4 skeins.
CC1: Cedar 7NS (Green) 1 skein.

Work 24 sts and 32 rows to measure 4×4” in St stitch
using US 4 (3.5 mm) needles with MC. Note: gauge is a little tighter than DK because I went down in needle size. This achieves a nice tight fabric, which is great for intarsia!

A pair of US 4 (3.5mm) circular needles 24” or 29” long
stitch markers, tapestry needle, a 4” x 4” piece of
cardboard used to make the 4 inch tassels.

Tiny owl stitch dictionary: (techniques used)
CC 1: contrasting color 1
k: knit
k2tog: knit the next two stitches together.
MC: main color
m1: lift up the bar before the next stitch front to back and place on the left needle, knit into the back of st.
p: purl
pm: place marker
(RS): right side
sk2p: Slip one stitch purlwise, Knit the next two stitches together, pass slipped stitch over.
sm: slip marker
St st: stockinette stitch. When working flat, k 1 row, p 1 row.
st(s): stitch(es)
(WS): wrong side
yo: wrap yarn counter-clockwise around your needle.

Pattern notes:
This shawl is knitted flat using stranded intarsia method. I.e: carry the brown yarn along as you knit the green stitches taking care to twist or wrap the yarn being carried along every few stitches to avoid big “floats” in the back. Shawl starts at the outer left point and is worked to the center, using chart A. Then, chart B is worked out to other point. 3 chunky tassels are added at the end to add some weight.

Ps. Here is what it looks like in the back, (shhhhh) 🙂

DSC_0724Well, actually mine didnt look quite that good! This sample was knitted by Pauline Spinks and she is a pretty perfect knitter.  I had some loops and holes in mine, so I just went in afterwards and tightened them up and tucked in the rabid loops. Do you get rabid loops sometimes when you do colorwork? I do. Hey, Rabid Loops sounds like a cereal name. 🙂

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