Heraldic Lion by Jade Starmore

Heraldic Lion

January 1999
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in pattern chart on larger needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1500 - 1750 yards (1372 - 1600 m)
Finished chest circumference: 27.5, 30 or 33 inches
Flag of English English

From the book: “The tradition of bearing coats of arms started in the 12th century as a means of identification in the chaos of battle, but it soon turned into a way of displaying ancestry and status. Heraldic emblems were not only reproduced on every available surface but were also worn by men, women and children alike. Today we are still surrounded by heraldry but it is usually of a commercial and corporate nature. Heraldry has always been a bold and colourful art and this stained glass shield pictured in book is a particularly vibrant example. It shows the arms of the Somery family, which includes one of the most popular emblems in history, and is ideal for use in a child’s sweater.”

Note: A kit is available from Virtual Yarns, ranging in price from $45 to $65. The kit does not include the pattern book.

Note on Yarns: Both yarns called for in the pattern have been discontinued. Virtual Yarns suggests Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-ply as a substitute. Eight colors are required for this pattern. Yardage listed above is approximate.

Note regarding Needles: The following needles are required: one set of double pointed needles size US 3, one set of double pointed needles size US 2, and one pair of straight needles size US 3.