Tree of Life in Winter Fichu by Caroline Steinford
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Tree of Life in Winter Fichu

May 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
400 yards (366 m)
43" x 29½“ (107.5 cm x 73.75 cm)
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The fourth fichu pattern in the Tree of Life Through the Seasons depicts the Tree in Winter. Wintry details: the dense leaves have thinned into an openwork feather-and-fan texture, snow crystals drift around the tree and a crisp lace border reminiscent of icicles edges the hem.

The fichu shown is knit in Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi in color 304. There is enough yarn in two skeins to complete the fichu, but not much is left over - if you are worried about your gauge, it may help to have a third skein on hand. You may need to re-use yarn from your swatch.

The Tree of Life in Winter Fichu is a crescent-shaped shawl with elongated “wings” which help it sit securely on your shoulders. The shawl is cast on at the neck edge and worked downwards, culminating in a 5½”-wide sideways lace border which is joined progressively to the live stitches along the bottom edge of the shawl. No sewing is required. Increases are worked along the front and sides of the shawl to avoid a pronounced triangle point at the center back.

The 5 page PDF contains charts for the border lace, the entire body of the shawl and color photographs.

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