prairie fire by ash alberg

prairie fire

February 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in pattern, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
425 yards (389 m)
top edge – 56”/142cm; centre back – 14”/36cm
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prairie fire is the english name for the latin castilleja coccinea. it’s a gorgeous, fiery flower that can be found across the prairies, out west, and down as far south as the andes with certain strains of the castilleja plant. i have many memories as a wee one stumbling on patches of them on hikes while camping. loopy cross stitches in manos del uruguay’s carnaval colourway remind me of the long flower petals. this one-skein wonder shawl is also inspired by my auntie pauline, who happens to be the beautiful model for this pattern. she is an incredible person and old friend of my mum. and she randomly happened to be wearing the perfect lipstick for our photo shoot. kinanaakomin, auntie pauline!

you can read about prairie fire’s story on my blog:

knitting skills used: k2togtbl, kfb, m1, knit, purl

yard yardage: 425 yards/389 metres

needle: 3.75mm/US 5 circulars, min. 60cm/32” cable length