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Naga Fuji

Knitting
March 2014
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 24.5 rows = 4 inches in Garter Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
800 yards (732 m)
Width: 9 ins at CO and BO ends, blocked, excluding border. 21 ins at center, blocked, excluding border. Length: 72 ins long, blocked
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Named for Giant Wisteria trees at the Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan, this shawl is worked with a main pattern and a border from different sweater patterns that I found in my collection of Japanese knitting books. The color and the wavy lines of the lace pattern came together and said wisteria to me. Fuji is the Japanese word for these plants, and Naga Fuji is a specific species that is large with long tendrils of flowers. The shawl is knit from side to side in one piece with a border added by picking up stitches along one of the long sides of the shawl and knitting outward.

For those who have never looked at a Japanese pattern before: The schematic IS the pattern, the Japanese books do not have patterns written out in text. It’s all on the drawing! I’ve added text in English but in many places it refers you back to the schematic so you can learn how to follow them.

For this shawl, you start increasing right after the setup rows. You inc every other row 16 times then every 4th row 36 times, then you work 10 rows even. That’s the first section up to where that extra lace panel is at the center back.