Cockleshell Fichu by Vera Marcu

Cockleshell Fichu

November 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 54 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
416 - 476 yards (380 - 435 m)
One size
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A fichu.
noun: fichu; plural noun: fichus
A small triangular shawl, worn around a woman’s shoulders and neck (From Oxford Languages).
I was a bit stuck looking for a name for my little shawl and then I found this, isn’t the internet a wonderful place? I love how this fichu is so luxurious and soft, adding a bit of glamour to a casual or elegant outfit.

Worked from the bottom up, the fichu is started with one repeat of the main stitch pattern, a traditional Shetland lace pattern called “Cockle shell”. After completing one motif, two more are added on either side by backwards-loop cast-ons of 19 stitches; this process is repeated after completing each “Cockle Shell” pattern vertically.

Here is the story behind the design:

Materials: 1 skein of Louie & Lola Yarns Merino Silk Cashmere 4 ply (fingering weight) - 70% Superwash Merino / 20% Silk / 10% Cashmere (400 metres/437 yards per 100grams). Pictured in Rouge and Fern.

: 24 stitches & 54 rows = 10 cm (4”) in garter stitch. As it is a free-form item with a lace texture, gauge is not essential and can be adjusted according to the desired finish.