Cirrhosa by Laura Patterson


January 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in lace pattern, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
3.75 mm (F)
335 - 510 yards (306 - 466 m)
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A couple of years ago I came across this lovely old Shetland border stitch, Clematis. I promptly used the basic stitch in two different designs (Clematis and Niobe). I thought that I was long done with this border, but it had other plans for me. The current result is this crescent-shaped scarf/shoulder shawl. In case you were wondering, Cirrhosa (pronounced sir-ROH-suh) is a variety of the delicate clematis vine that originally inspired the border.

The lacy edging is knit first. It grows from a cast on of just a few stitches, the length is knit, then the total number of stitches is decreased again, stitches are picked up along the right side, then short rows are used to shape it into a crescent.

Size (length measured along top of lace just under short rows): 53 x 10, 61 x 10 (69 x 10.5, 76 x 11) inches; 132.5 x 25.5, 155 x 25.5 (175 x 26.5, 193 x 28) cm.

Yarn: 335, 383 (450, 510) fingering weight yarn.

Skills: k2tog, k3tog, ssk, s1-k2tog-psso, s2-k1-p2sso, YO, double YO, short rows, provisional cast on, applied border.

Notions: stitch markers, yarn needle.

Stitch patterns: Charted.