Where I used to live In southern California the few ferns growing there were in areas sheltered from the sun and the cruel Santa Ana winds, seldom thriving except in the yards of expert gardeners who spent a fortune on water to keep them moist and happy. Here in the Pacific Northwest ferns grow everywhere. They are considered weeds by some, and can be found in shady corners everywhere. They grow happily, freely, prolifically in every corner of my garden… including on a branch of an apple tree right outside the window.

Knitting begins with a loose cast on. The lacy fern leaves are knit, then shawl is shaped into a crescent using the kind of short rows often used to shape the heel on top-down socks.

Pattern details

  • Yarn: fingering weight 675 yards.
  • Model: Louet GEMS Fingering in Teal.
  • Gauge: 14 sts and 31 rows to 4 inches in lace pattern, blocked.
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm).
  • Finished size: 79 x 12 inches.
  • Stitch instructions: Charted and written.
Photographs of Sheyenne ©2014 Louet North America. Used with permission.

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