Tulip Chest by Klára Nagy

Tulip Chest

June 2021
Light Fingering ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in lace st on US 6 / 4 mm needles after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
416 - 437 yards (380 - 400 m)
One size (adaptable to amount of yarn)
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Tulip Chest is an asymmetric triangle shawl with stunning lace. The lace pattern is fun to knit and reminds of tulip. With lace work on right-side rows only, and wrong side rows all in purl, this makes a great beginning lace knitting project, or a quick gift knit. You can easily make this shawl your own by working the pattern repeat as many times as you want.
The tulips name originated from the Turkish pronunciation of a Persian word meaning “turban.” This is because of the flowers resemblance to the garment, and likely in relation to the tradition of wearing the flower on a turban.
The flower itself was introduced into West Europe in the 16th century and grew to be used in art all over the world. However, the tulip has been present in Hungarian folk art for much longer. It has been known in various variations since the 10th century and is still the most popular flower motif in folk art. The tulip appears as a decorative motif on clothes, utensils and furniture. Among the latter, the most important are the so-called tulip boxes.
Originally the “láda” (chest) word was introduced in Hungary by this type of chests made by joiners. (It is of German origin: Lade). Originally it was a trousseau furniture. Therefore it was also called the bridal chest or, due to its decoration, tulip chest. It is therefore perhaps not surprising that the tulip is a symbol of life, beauty and femininity.

One skein Malabrigo Sock (100 % Merino; 402 m / 440 yards per skein). Shown in colourway Pearl (SW036). Or approximately 402 m / 440 yards of similar Light Fingering weight yarn.

Size 4 mm / US 6 circular needle, 100 cm / 40 inch long, 3,5 mm for bind off.

20 stitches and 30 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in lace st on US 6 / 4 mm needles after blocking.
Note: obtaining the gauge given is not crucial for a successful project but will affect the finished size and the yardage needed.

Finished measurements
Approximately 155 cm / 61 in (top edge) x 63 cm / 25 in (depth), after blocking.

Stitches used
k: knit
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
kfb: knit to front and back loop of the same stitch
p: purl
ssk: slip, slip, knit slipped stitches together
sssk: slip, slip, slip, knit 3 slipped stitches together
yo: yarn over

This pattern has both written and charted instructions.