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Firth o' Forth

Kate Davies Designs
Knitting
November 2013
Lace / 2 ply ?
32 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in Firth o Forth lace pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1710 - 2470 yards (1564 - 2259 m)
Finished garment size: 40 - 64 ins (to be worn with 4 - 7 ins positive ease)
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Inspired by the silvery, ovular shapes of Firth o’ Forth oysters, this drapey cardigan is worked all-in-one piece, over an easy-to-memorise lace pattern.

This is the second design in my Edinburgh series of garments inspired by the great Scottish city in which I lived for a decade. The first design in the series is Braid Hills.

The body is knit back and forth, and the sleeves are then picked up and worked in the round, using a nifty inside-out trick to minimise purling. The garment is intended to be loose-fitting -- a sort of contemporary cardigan equivalent of a shawl or wrap.

Design booklet includes pattern, charts & schematics, photographic lookbook and essay exploring the history of the Firth o’ Forth and its famous oysters.

Finished sizes
40 (48, 56, 64) ins (Recommended to be worn with between 4 and 7 ins positive ease. Shown here in the first size, modeled with 7 ins positive ease.)

Yarn
1710 (2100, 2410, 2740) yards; 1570 (1900, 2200, 2500) metres Great British Yarns Yomper laceweight (70% Falkland Islands Merino; 30% UK Alpaca; 600m / 100g)

Other materials
4mm / 80 cm needle (or size to get gauge) for working body.
4mm circular needle in your preferred length for working small circumferences in the round, or dpns, for working sleeves.
3mm circular needle in your preferred length for working small circumferences in the round, or dpns for picking up sleeve sts.
3.5 mm / 80 cm needle for working hem, cuffs and neckline.
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
Waste yarn for holding sts.