Wild Orchid by Sue Lazenby
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Wild Orchid

Knitting
August 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch before blocking in fingering
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
340 - 835 yards (311 - 764 m)
4: shallow crescent; deeper triangle; shallow & deeper asymmetrical. Size variable according to yarn chosen & number of repeats
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Also available in the Create2Thrive webstore and on Patternfish as a KnitCompanion-ready file.

Inspired by a surprise & rare find of a wild orchid in a wood near my home, this sideways knitted shawl or shawlette is a versatile knit in two different depths and two versions (elongated crescent / triangle or asymmetrical). The garter body has an i-cord top edge which is worked at the same time as the rest of the shawl and a deep lace border of a flower panel and then fagoting which forms a zigzag lower edge.

For the crescent / triangular versions, half the yarn is used before starting the decrease section and the asymmetrical one can be worked to use all the yarn, making it adaptable to different yardages.

Although examples are in 3ply to fingering, it could also be made in a thicker yarn for a cosy winter wrap.

SIZES (variable according to yarn & number of repeats) e.g.:
Shallow crescent: 18 (20)rpts in fingering approx. 48.5” / 123 cm x 14”/ 35.5 cm (53” /135 cm x 14” / 35.5 cm).
Deeper triangular: 24 rpts in 3ply approx. 60” / 152 cm x 26” / 66 cm.
26 rpts in fingering approx. 70” / 178 cm x 26” / 66 cm.
Shallow asymmetrical: 26 rpts in fingering approx. 70” / 178 cm x 22” / 56 cm
Deeper asymmetrical: 19 rpts in fingering approx. 51” / 130 cm x 45” / 114 cm

GAUGE: 4” / 10 cm over garter stitch before blocking
fingering on 4mm needles: 23 sts / 36 rows
3ply on 3.75 mm needles: 17 sts / 33 rows

MATERIALS & TOOLS:

Yarn (very flexible according to number of repeats), examples:
Shallow crescent: (18 - 20 rpts) fingering weight approx. 340 - 420 yd / 311 - 384 m
Deeper triangular: (24 rpts) 3ply: approx. 600 yd / 549m
(26 rpts) fingering: approx. 740 yd / 677 m
Shallow asymmetrical: (26 rpts) fingering: approx.660 yd / 604 m
Deeper asymmetrical: (19 rpts) fingering: approx. 835 yd / 764 m


Needles: circular (or straight if preferred)
Fingering: 4mm / US # 6, 60cm / 24” (shallow version); 80cm / 32” (deeper version)
Heavy lace weight - 3ply: 3.75 mm / US # 5, 80cm / 32”
or size for gauge.

Notions: 3 stitch markers, blocking wires & pins.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate (3 /5)

SKILLS NEEDED:
Lace knitting (including patterning on WS), integral i-cord edge (directions given), directional increases.

The detailed instructions are fully written as well as charted throughout. The pattern has been fully tech edited and tested.

I’d love to see your progress / finished shawl over in the
suseknits group.

NB: New regs in the EU (as of 13 june ‘14) mean that patterns aren’t refundable after download. HOWEVER if you’re unhappy in any way with your pattern I can still offer a refund / replacement. My T&Cs are here: http://www.suelazenbydesigns.com/p/the-small-print.html