Lithodora by Laura Patterson


August 2016
Lace ?
19 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in lace stitch, blocked hard
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
350 - 1350 yards (320 - 1234 m)
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It seems like designs either practically name themselves, or they fight me every step of the way. Though the stitches for this shawl rolled off my needles, the name was elusive. I asked Melanie, the dyer who I worked with on this project, if she had any ideas. She pointed me toward a couple of gorgeous blue flowers, but the species names were difficult to pronounce. That got me going, though. I widened my search to all blue flowers, and a world of floral loveliness opened at my feet. The dainty blue flowers of some varieties of Lithodora all but match this stunning blue yarn.

Knit from one end straight through to the other. Knitting starts with a provisional cast on, or not, and ends with a dainty picot trim, or not. Beads can be added… or not. There are a lot of choices for making this your own.

Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) needles for gauge, and US 7 (4.5 mm) needles for picot border and bind off.

Yarn: lace weight; 350 700, 950, 1350 yards

Beads: 500 750, 900, 1175 size 6/0 square beads, or size 8/0 seed beads; if only the ends are beaded, 50 75, 100, 125 beads are required; if picot border is not beaded, about half the total number of beads is required.

Gauge: 19 sts and 27 rows to 4 inches in stitch pattern, blocked.

Size (width x length):
8.25 x 67, 45 x 55.75 (15 x 74.25, 21.75 x 67, 28.5 x 74.25) inches
21 x 170 (38 x 188.5, 55 x 170, 72.5 x 188.5) cm

Skills: k2tog, ssk, s2-k1-p2sso, YO, provisional cast on, picot border.

Notions: stitch markers (optional), smooth waste yarn in a contrasting color for provisional cast on, coil-less safety pin or other removable stitch marker, stitch holder, yarn needle.

Stitch patterns: Charted and written.

Difficulty: Intermediate.

5 for 4. If you buy any 5 Fiber Dreams patterns at the same time, the least expensive one will be free.