Victorian Fischou by Elizabeth Lovick
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Victorian Fischou

October 2016
Cobweb ?
23 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in 1 ply centre pattern
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
870 - 1740 yards (796 - 1591 m)
1 ply - 60 x 18"; 2 ply 80 x 23"
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A fischou was a crescent shawl knitted in fine wool. As today, it was worn over the head or round the neck, often knotted loosely, or pinned with a large broach.

The pattern can be knitted in either cobweb or lace weight yarn. The pattern is the same for both, only the needle size and the final dimensions differ. The lace weight shawl is lovely and warm while the cobweb is very delicate.

For the 1 ply shawl:
50 g 1 ply/cobweb yarn (original use Jamieson and Smith 1 ply cobweb wool)
pair 3 mm needles
For the 2 ply shawl:
100 g 2 ply/lace weight yarn (original uses Jamieson and Smith 2 ply Supreme wool)
pair 4 mm needles
For either shawl:
one thin needle for picking up stitches
row counter
waste yarn for provisional cast on

1 ply shawl: about 60” wide and 18” deep
2 ply shawl: about 80” wide and 23” deep
1 ply shawl: 23 sts and 48 rows to 4” over Centre pattern
2 ply shawl: 17 sts and 36 rows to 4” over Centre pattern
Both figures are after washing and dressing

The pattern can be used with other 1 ply and 2ply/lace weight yarns.