Nyssa by Susanna IC


September 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch, blocked
US 8 - 5.0 mm
440 yards (402 m)
17" deep at the center x 67" wingspan
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I love cables. I am obsessed with lace. Cables and lace are my idea of a knitting nirvana. In Nyssa, I combined a few simple cables with some basic lace stitches for an interesting mix of textures. I was inspired by nature in autumn, with its deep, rich colors and an incredible variety of textures. The shawl’s name, Nyssa, comes from the genus designation of the tupelo tree known for its amazing fall colors.

Worked in a worsted weight yarn, the shawl is knitted in one piece, side-to-side, using just under 440 yards of this beautiful Spirit Trail Fiberworks cashmere yarn. Verdande has a wonderful stitch definition, perfect for making the most of Nyssa’s cables and textured stitches.

Elegant and practical, the shawl can be worn loosely like a long scarf, it can be draped around the shoulders as a traditional shawl, or it can be wrapped closer around the neck for extra warmth like a neckwarmer. Nyssa is a quick and fun project, perfect for gift knitting; it will add a brilliant touch of color to any wardrobe.

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