Lapstrake by Mary Fellman


September 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
Small, Large
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When Heather Hertziger—proprietor and dyer at T&H Fiberworks—sent me this vivid, pink-and-green skein of Heather’s Favorite Sock, I thought immediately of spring: flowers and little green growing things. After a false start, however, (I’ll get back to you someday, eyelet flowers!), my obsession with slipped stitches took over and grew into the bold geometry of this small shawl. When a boat is built with lapstrake (or “clinker”) planking, the hull planks overlap (rather than abutting directly), forming fascinating lines and curves. The moment I saw a picture, I knew I had the perfect name for my own clinker-built shawl.

The name Lapstrake was suggested by Ravelry user Tianaeve. Thanks!

Thanks are also due to Heather, for her generosity with yarn and time, my models, Aspen Davidoff, Mickey, Biscuit, and “Touch the Sky,” and to Pat Harding for contributions to photography. (“Touch the Sky,” a sculpture in bronze, created by Jane DeDecker and located in Los Alamos, New Mexico, commemorates the 2000 Cerro Grande fire.)