Xylia by Holly Chayes


April 2014
Lace ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in washed and blocked stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1570 yards (1436 m)
35 inches (89 cm) in diameter, blocked
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Nicknamed “the compass,” Xylia straightens and balances the spokes of the traditional wedge circular shawl.

Eight rays radiating outward, mirroring the points on a compass.

Xylia is a variation on xylon which means “of the forest” in Greek. I chose this name because, perhaps unsurprisingly, I couldn’t find a name I liked that played off of the compass imagery.

(This piece is worked holding 2 strands of yarn together. Keep this in mind if you’re substituting yarns.)


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