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Santa Lucia Crown

Handknit Holidays: Knitting Year-Round for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter Solstice
Knitting
October 2005
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 15 - 10.0 mm
5.5 mm (I)
10.0 mm (N/P)

Pattern description from Handknit Holidays: “In Swedish tradition, there exists a beloved saint named Santa Lucia. Originally a young Sicilian woman, Lucia was imprisoned at her husband’s bidding - and ultimately killed - for giving her wedding gifts to the poor. Centuries later, in the midst of a famine in Sweden, she miraculously appeared with food and drink, and so she is honored today as one who brings light and warmth and sustenance to those who need it most. When Lucia appears - as she frequently does on the morning of December 13 in Swedish homes - she’s dressed in white, wearing on her head a wreath ablaze with candles. While we can’t endorse wearing lit candles on your head, we do invite you to try this crown, a lively creation that could easily double as an Advent wreath or centerpiece. It’s a funky wreath, knitted with leaves and loops of tweedy greens and golds, attached on an I-cord base that keeps its shape with florist’s wire. It takes a revolutionary spirit to wear this wreath to the office holiday party - but then, that’s Lucia.”

Finished Measurements: Approximately 22” around, excluding ties

Yarn:

  • Rowan Biggy Print (100% wool; 32 yards / 100 grams): 2 balls #245 troll
  • Rowan Yorkshire Tweed DK (100% wool; 123 yards / 50 grams): 1 ball each #348 lime leaf and #349 frog
  • Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Chunky (100% wool; 109 yards / 100 grams): 1 ball #557 olive oil
  • Rowanspun Aran (100% wool; 217 yards / 100 grams): 1 ball #972 hardy
  • Rowan Cork (95% extra-fine merino / 5% nylon 120 yards / 50 grams): 1 ball #039 gleam
  • Rowan Summer Tweed (70% silk / 30% cotton; 117 yards / 50 grams): 1 ball each #504 gold and #514 reed

Needles:

  • One pair straight needles size US 9 (5.5 mm)
  • One pair straight needles size US 15 (10 mm)
  • Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge

Notions: Crochet hook size I/9 (6.5 mm); crochet hook size N/15 (10 mm); yarn needle; florist’s wire.

Gauge: not critical for this project

Yarn Specifications:

  • Rowan Biggy Print = Super Bulky (100% wool; 32 yards / 100 grams): 2 balls #245 troll
  • Rowan Yorkshire Tweek DK = DK (100% wool; 109 yards / 50 grams): 1 ball each #348 lime leaf & #349 frog
  • Rowan Yorkshire Tween Chunky = Bulky (100% wool; 109 yards / 100 grams): 1 ball #557 olive oil
  • Rowanspun Aran = Aran (100% wool; 217 yards / 100 grams): 1 ball #972 hardy
  • Rowan Cork = Bulky (95% extra-fine merino / 5% nylon; 120 yards /50 grams): 1 ball #039 gleam
  • Rowan Summer Tweed = Worsted (70% silk / 30% cotton; 117 yards / 50 grams): 1 ball each #504 gold and #514 reed.