Lithofayne by Jennifer Dassau


October 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
400 - 1400 yards (366 - 1280 m)
78” length and 28” depth, customizable
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Lithofayne is the name of the woman said to be the inspiration for Jimi Hendrix’ song Foxy Lady. Be your own muse when creating this asymmetric shawl, blending two colors with gentle transitions of stripes and slipstitch colorwork. Beginning with garter stitch, progress through stripes to the slipstitch body, which evolves from small scale slipped stitches to expanded lines on widening solid color bands. The result is a scattering of color that slowly shifts to more distinct definition, and ends with stripes and a solid band of garter on your inspired shawl.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, slipstitch colorwork, increasing/decreasing. Instructions are fully written with charts also provided for the slipstitch colorwork.

Size: 78” length and 28” depth; this shawl may be customized in length and depth to accommodate varying yardage.

Yarn: The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Foxy Lady (70% superwash merino wool, 30% silk; 428 yards/391m/100g); 1 skein each colors A and B, shown in Jellystone and Winter Wolf. The sample used approximately 425 yards A and 410 yards B; see Designer’s Notes for suggestions on adjusting for different yardage.

Other Materials: US 5 (3.75mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 st and 30 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

Thank you to my wonderful tech editor Kate Vanover.
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