Floriferous by Cath Ward


December 2017
Lace ?
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
820 yards (750 m)
One Size
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This is simple lace knitting with an epic result. This semi circular shawl was inspired by the gradient yarn from Green Tea Yarns it is knitted with. It is my first gradient and my first half pi shawl and I think the two were made for each other. Radiating petals grow into a design that is simply floriferous!

The shawl was released as part of a KAL for January 2018 together with Green Tea Yarns.

The shawl is knitted using the principles of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s pi shawls. There are only seven increase rows in the whole shawl. All the lace stitches are made on the right side – the wrong side rows are all purled. The shawl is finished with a narrow lace knitted on edging with large eyelets.

Both charted and written instructions are included in this pattern. The blocked piece as knitted measured approximately 75cm deep x 150cm across the top edge, however the final size will vary according to yarn and needle choices.


  • 2.5mm and 2.75mm needles
  • 100g or 750m of 2 ply lace weight yarn. 1 skein of Green Tea Yarns Echinacea 70% Silk 30% Alpaca, in a special one off colourway “It fell in the Dyepot” used here, with 3g left over.
  • Stitch markers, if you use them for marking pattern repeats.

This shawl has been test knitted with the inclusion of beads with a fabulous result.