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Midsommer...

Midsommer takes its inspiration from the beautiful knitting patterns of Estonia, and particularly an ancient ritual enacted at midsummer, when young lovers search the forests for a mythical fern that brings fertility, luck, wealth, and even the ability to understand animals’ speech. This fern flowers only on the summer solstice.. so for you lovers young and old, follow the winding path of the fern down the center panel to the flowers at the edge, and imagine that you are one of the fortunate few!

This shawlette is worked from the top down, beginning at center back, and features my favorite center panel construction with extra shoulder increases that create a wing-like shape. Beads (in two colors) are placed using the crochet hook add-as-you-go method. Lace patterns are written and charted.

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Midsommer

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pattern

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yarn

Spirit Trail Fiber Works Nona (50% merino, 25% cashmere, 25% bombyx silk, 640 yds/115 g) - 1 skein

dimensions

19” long at center back, 23” long from center back to each point.

gauge

20 sts, 26 rows = 4” over center panel lace pattern, blocked.

materials

Needles
3.75 mm (5 U.S.) in 24” length
OR needle size that gives you a pleasing lace fabric

Notions
Seed beads:
Bead A, 336 size 6/0 seed beads
Bead B, 187 size 6/0 seed beads
Please purchase more beads than you think you will need.
Stitch markers
Crochet hook, 0.6 mm (14 U.S) for beads
Tapestry needle

errata

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