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Anthemion Wrap

Knitting
March 2010
Lace / 2 ply ?
23 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches in Chevron Pattern (Chart E)
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1100 yards (1006 m)
18 inches wide and 76 inches long
This pattern is available for free.
Errata available: mimknits.com

Anthemion (An-THEE-me-un) is a term for a collection of palmette motifs common to Egyptian, Assyrian, Phoenician, Cypriote and Greek Art, universal in its beauty. Whether this design element evolved from the shape of the lotus blossom, palm fronds, acanthus leaves, or even the palm of the human hand is a matter for speculation.

The beautiful stitch motif that borders this silken wrap echoes the form that anthemia take in trimming vases, stone carvings, and columns throughout history. The repeating chevron pattern in the center of the wrap flows naturally from the peaks and valleys created by the anthemion motif.

This wrap is worked from one short edge to the other in one piece. The border patterns are designed to be similar enough to match, but not exactly the same. This wrap can be easily adjusted for length and width to accommodate a variety of yarn choices.

Stitches Used: knit, purl, knit through the back loop, yo, m1, k2tog, ssk, k3tog, sssk, sl1 k2tog psso, Centered Double Decrease

To use up as much yarn as possible:
Weight your yarn before you start and record this weight. When you are finished with the first border and you’re ready to start repeats of Chart E, weigh yarn again and subtract the current weight from the beginning total weight to get a number of ounces in the border. Record this number as well.
The first border is 164 rows, while the second border is 168 rows. So just knit Chart E until you have about as much yarn left as is in the first border. Give yourself a buffer of at least a few ounces though. Then just knit your second border and you’ll use as much of the yarn as possible and get the wrap as long as you can.