Corbichon by Kathleen Sperling


by Kathleen Sperling
July 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19.75 stitches and 21.25 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded pattern after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1080 - 1505 yards (988 - 1376 m)
narrow/short 20" x 58.5"; narrow/long 20" x 65"; wide/short 26" x 58.5"; wide/long 26" x 65"
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The construction of this shawl allows you to knit in the round while simultaneously creating the fringe - no need to cut loads of short lengths for the fringe or to secure any steeks after the knitting is finished. You simply cut the fringe stitches up the middle and then knot the strands to make the fringe look nice!

Note: This pattern is part of a collection of accessories built around a theme of medieval illumination. If you purchase this pattern individually, you will automatically receive a discount off the cost of the collection.


De proprietatibus rerum (“On the Order of Things”) is an encyclopedia written around the mid-13th century by Bartholomeus Anglicus, and translated into French in 1372 by Jean Corbichon. The copy which inspired this wrap, produced in Paris sometime before 1416, is housed at the Bibliothèque Municipale de Reims in Reims, France, and may have belonged to the library of the Duke de Berry. It is the background of the illustration of the caladrius bird which inspired the motif in this shawl.

Skills Required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Stranded knitting
  • Chart reading
  • Long-tail cast-on (pattern points to instructional resources)

Additional Sizing Information

Lengths given do not include fringe. Sample shown is the narrow/short.


32 stitches to 6.5” and 32 rows to 6” in stranded pattern after blocking.

Yarn Requirements

  • Narrow-short: approximately 560 yards MC and 520 yards CC
  • Narrow-long: approximately 610 yards MC and 570 yards CC
  • Wide-short: approximately 710 yards MC and 660 yards CC
  • Wide-long: approximately 780 yards MC and 725 yards CC

Other Materials Needed

  • 2 stitch markers, distinctive from each other
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends