Vervain

$8.00

If you know me at all by now you know that flowers are a huge, huge part of my life. Everywhere I go, everything I do I look for flowers and at flowers, and want to immerse myself in their loveliness. If I lived in the U.K. in the early part of the 20th century no doubt my cottage would have been filled with overstuffed furniture in a wild array of floral chintz patterns. Late last year as I was thumbing through some well-loved stitch dictionaries, I stumbled upon a lovely little Estonian number that was knit on the bias and had two different Estonian flower stitches: clusters and double yarn overs. Though I was smitten, it wasn’t nearly enough. I also happen to love knitting nupps and working with beads. That’s when my lace weight cowl, Snow Flowers, was born. I’ve been working on variations on this theme for a while now, and am still in love.

Knitting begins with a cast on of just five little stitches. It grows on the right edge of most right-side rows until the triangle is about as big as desired, or the yarn starts to run short, then the border is worked.

P.S. Lantana and Snow Flowers are also sister patterns.

Pattern details

  • Yarn: fine lace weight; 525, 775 [1075, 1425, 1825] yards.
  • Model: Anzula Meridian in Plum in second smallest size; 811 yards in 115 grams; 55% Tencel, 35% alpaca, 10% nylon.
  • Gauge: 17 sts and 30 rows to 4 inches in lace, blocked.
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm).
  • Finished sizes: (top edge x height) inches: 37.25 x 42.5, 45.25 x 52 [53.25 x 61.5, 61.25 x 71.25, 69.25 x 80.75].
  • Stitch instructions: Charted only.

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