A couple of years ago I came across this lovely old Shetland border stitch, Clematis. I promptly used the basic stitch in two other designs. I thought that I was long done with this border, but it had other plans for me. The current result is this crescent-shaped scarf/shoulder shawl. In case you were wondering, Cirrhosa (pronounced sir-ROH-suh) is a variety of the delicate clematis vine that originally inspired the border.

Here the lacy edging is knit first. It grows from a cast on of just a few stitches, the length is knit, then the total number of stitches is decreased again, stitches are picked up along the right side, then short rows are used to shape it into a crescent.

Like the stitch, but would you rather have a triangular or trapezoidal shawl? You're in luck. Check out Clematis (triangle), and Niobe (trapezoid).

Pattern details
  • Yarn: fingering weight; 335, 383 [450, 510] yards.
  • Model: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in Vancouver Violet in second smallest size.
  • Gauge: 20 sts and 22 rows to 4 inches in lace pattern, blocked.
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm).
  • Crochet hook: US F (3.75 mm) for provisional cast on.
  • Finished size: 53 x 10, 61 x 10 [69 x 10.5, 76 x 11] inches.
  • Stitch instructions: Charted only.
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