Proxima by Susanna IC
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Proxima

Knitting
June 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch on US 7 needles
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
385 - 400 yards (352 - 366 m)
20" deep x 65" long wingspan
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The inspiration for this design comes from the night sky and mankind’s fascination with the infinite space. Found in the constellation of Centaurus and just over four light years away, the star Proxima is the Sun’s closest neighbor. Interestingly, an Earth-sized planet was recently discovered within the star’s habitable zone, which could make it a convenient first stop in future exploration of the universe outside the solar system.

The shawl combines modern lines with a simple chevron eyelet pattern. Proxima is knitted simply in one piece, starting at the center of the top edge without the need for a garter tab. Beads are sprinkled along the bottom edge of the lace to further enhance the impression of a starry sky and to provide extra texture and drape to the finished piece (181 6/0 4.00 mm glass seed beads, optional).

The shawl is shaped into an elongated triangle using double increases at the center and along both edges. This practical shape offers numerous ways of tying and draping without the need for a shawl pin. This project is not difficult even for the beginner lace knitter because the lace pattern is formed with fairly basic stitches, the reverse rows are purled and the addition of beads is optional. All of this makes Proxima a fun and easy one-skein project, perfect for last-minute gift knitting.

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