Rhipis by Barbara Benson


March 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
600 - 650 yards (549 - 594 m)
One Size
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Errata available: tumpedduck.com

Mosaic & Lace Knits is an introduction to a technique that I have been developing over several years that brings colorwork into lace using slip stitches. Handling only one strand of yarn at a time, no carrying along the row or stranding, allows development of colorwork patterns without any floats running behind your work and obscuring your lace.

Rhipis is the greek name for the oldest known type of hand held folding fan. When this shawl is laid out flat it looks like those elaborate hand fans that I remember, as a child, associating with fancy ladies and tea parties.

Based on pi-shawl shaping this piece pushes the limit of how much lace I have been able to incorporate while still maintaining discernible colorwork. The shaping made way for the wide and intricate border that combines sections of solid mosaic with lace medallions. If you choose to omit the lace in the border you will have a solid mosaic dark purple medallion where the lace currently is.

If you would like to see this pattern in action watch the video pattern tour on my YouTube channel Watch Barbara Knit.

The sample was worked in the colors Iris and Lilac.

19.5”/49.5 cm long, 47.5”/120.5 cm wingspan