Parterre Garden

July 12, 2012 update: “Parterre Garden” was originally part of The Sanguine Gryphon’s Summer 2011 pattern collection, and is now available directly from the designer (me!).

The pattern is now available for purchase as a download for $8.00, either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog … buy now

An old English parterre garden painted on string instead of canvas. Its overflowing beds of flowers and its twining, twisted paths depicted with lace and cables, rather than oils or pastels. A knit garden where skinny little cabled paths meander through, between and around beds stuffed full of lacy flowers. While two stick straight carriage lanes split one garden into three.

This shawl is worked in one piece, beginning at the back of the neck and worked down to the hem. The paired increases are used to create three quarters of a square, allowing the shawl to sit neatly upon your shoulders. Just before the bind-off, an eyelet row is worked, to ensure that a thorough blocking is possible.

The pattern calls for two m1 stitches in a row. To accomplish this, lift the bar between the stitches and knit. Repeat. It works best if both m1 stitches are worked in the same manner and careful attention is payed to maintaining an even tension.

Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon ‘Mithril’, 4 oz/750 yds, 100% merino wool, 2 skeins, shown in Madonna of the Lilies (Spring/Summer 2011 colourway)

Note: The sample shown was knit alternating skeins every other row.

Needles: US 3/3.25mm 40”/101 cm circular, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rows = 4”/10 cm in St st, washed and blocked

Notions: Stitch Markers (4), Tapestry Needle, Spare DPN or Cable Needle

Finished Measurements: 27.5”/ 70 cm down center back 49”/ 125 cm along each side of hem

Skills Used: cable cast on, knitting and purling, 2 stitch cables, k2tog, k3tog, k2togtbl, k3togtbl, 2 m1s in a row, sk2p, slipping stitches, ssk, yo, decrease bind off, weaving in ends, blocking lace

Both charts and written stitch directions are included.

(and because I’m not a fan of two pattern release posts in a row, please accept my promise of pictures, of at least one FO, and some handspun yarn this weekend, as an apology.)

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