Rioux by Jennifer Beale


December 2022
Fibre Carp Diem Rustica
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in lace Chart A
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
2209 yards (2020 m)
1 size
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I always name my patterns after places in Newfoundland & Labrador and Rioux is a section of the Trailway just outside of Clarenville, Newfoundland. But it’s also the name of a town in France! The centrepiece of Rioux in France is the Roman church, Église Notre-Dame de Rioux. And Roman churches are particularly well known for the use of corbel tables in their architecture. I tried to capture the 3-D corbel tables used in the church architecture in the 2-D Fair Isle wedges that support the centrepiece of the Rioux shawl.

And while it may look like there is steeking or flat colourwork involved, there is NONE! The Fair Isle is knit in the round so that the right side of the colourwork is always showing. No floats showing and no cutting ✨✨✨✨✨✨

Charts also include the written instructions.


One size: Including width of border, 69cm / 27.25” diameter at centre and 130cm / 51.25” from centre to wing tip.


Fibre Carpe Diem Rustica (100% Highland Wool 4 ply; 400m / 100g) in 2 main colours (MC1 and MC2) and 12 contrast colours (CC1 through CC12). Colours and amounts are listed below.

MC1: 340 metres

MC2: 340 metres

CC1: 160 metres

CC2: 220 metres

CC3: 80 metres

CC4: 80 metres

CC5: 60 metres

CC6: 60 metres

CC7: 80 metres

CC8: 240 metres

CC9: 60 metres

CC10: 60 metres

CC11: 60 metres

CC12: 180 metres


Fair Isle: 25 sts and 31 rnds to 10cm / 4” with size B needles after blocking (or needle size required to match gauge).

Lace: 20 sts and 28 rnds in 10cm / 4” of Chart A with size A needles after blocking (or needle size required to match gauge).

Needles and Notions

The gauges were achieved with the following needle sizes. To work the pattern as written, you must swatch and use a needle size that will result in the correct gauge after blocking.

Size A: 3.25mm (US 3) for lace sections and single‐colour St st rounds; you will need one 100cm / 40” long circular or a set of DPNs for the centre lace; two 80cm / 32” long (or longer) circulars for single‐colour St st rounds in the Fair Isle bands.

Size B: 3.75mm (US 5) for Fair Isle bands; you will need two 80cm / 32” long (or longer) circulars for the Fair Isle bands.

You will also need: spare needles or interchangeable cables for holding sts, stitch markers, removable markers, blocking pins or lace wires.