Gathering Rosebuds by Bronwyn Hahn

Gathering Rosebuds

September 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
13.5 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette st, lightly blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
360 - 400 yards (329 - 366 m)
One size with instructions for extending the border
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“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.” This is the first line of Robert Herrick’s 17th-century lyric poem “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time.” The poem is a reminder to young women that life passes quickly and that they should take advantage of the time they have. This message rings just as true today as it did over 350 years ago. With our long to-do lists, endless knitting queues, and busy schedules, it is easy to go about our days without realizing just how much time has passed. “Carpe diem,” “live in the moment,” “make hay while the sun shines,” or “gather ye rosebuds while ye may”—whichever expression you choose, embrace it and fill your knitting time with gratifying projects.

This shallow crescent-shaped shawlette begins with a few stitches at the top-center edge and grows quickly with 6 increases per right-side row. The body of the shawl is worked in stockinette stitch broken by occasional garter ridges to keep your interest as you travel toward the border. The ridges occur more frequently as you near the border, gently easing you into the reverse stockinette background of the rosebud border.

Written instructions are given in a table format that allows you to check off each completed row. The rosebud border is charted as well as written. An additional chart and instructions are offered to help you increase the size of the shawl.

Center depth: 9” (23 cm)
Top wingspan: 70” (178 cm)

Extended border adds approximately 1” (2.5 cm) to depth and 9” (23 cm) to top wingspan.