Ozukuri Lace Shawl by Alina Appasova

Ozukuri Lace Shawl

November 2014
Lace ?
US 4 - 3.5 mm
700 yards (640 m)
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The Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, known in Japan as Ozukuri (大作り), refers to a technique, originating in China and expanding to Japan several hundred years ago, for growing an extremely large Chrysanthemum, with a goal of producing the maximum number of flowers possible on a single plant. If that doesn’t sound difficult enough, the technique also requires that there is only a single bloom on the end of each individual branch; none of the flowers on the sides of the branch is used. And to further complicate matters, each flower must be perfectly placed in concentric horizontal rows on a dome-shaped frame! The largest specimen recorded in Japan had over 2,200 flowers—only a few growers in the entire world have been able to produce a plant that large.

Top-down crescent shawl. Size is customizable by adding extra repeats to the main body. Many possibilities for beading.

Shawl can be worked from written instructions or charts.

Sample shawl:
Yellow shawl - Merino Silk by Seam, 20 repeats - 70”x 25”(blocked) - 680 yds knitted (yarn held double - used 1360yds)

In addition there is chart to help with calculations, which will tell you yarn usage ratio on main body/lace. Chart is based on stitch count for every size from 10 to 40 repeats of the main body. So it would have to work for everybody. Scales needed.