Lunatic Fringe by Jennifer Dassau

Lunatic Fringe

March 2013
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)
one size; customizable for varying yardage
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This pattern is available for free.

Eccentric and non-conforming, Lunatic Fringe is an off-kilter shawl that grows asymmetrically from the bottom up, and sprouts digit-like fringes on one side. The fringes are knit in as you go along by repeatedly binding off and casting on, while the body features alternating textural stripes. Cast on with a few stitches, Lunatic Fringe grows by increasing unequally along both sides to the long top edge, which is finished simply with a stretchy bind off.

I chose a slubby merino/alpaca/silk blend which is weirdly iridescent in duo-tonal colors, to accentuate the erratic nature of the shawl; handspun would create a similar effect. Any yarn and any amount may be used.

Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, backwards loop CO, knit/purl, increasing.

Size: one size; 58” length and 16” depth, excluding fringe.

Other Materials:
US 9 40” circular needle.
Stitch markers (2).
Yarn needle.