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Inspired by the changing seasons and designed in celebration of the spring and autumn equinox, Meristem is a top-down crescent shawl with a twist - its unusual construction creates a unique and interesting shape with an intricate border. The shawl's name, Meristem, comes from plant anatomy; it is defined as a region of cells located at root and shoot tips, capable of division and growth. I thought this scientific term was a perfect description of the lace pattern, which starts with large leaves and then branches into tiny leafy shoots along the bottom edge. The straight lines, from which the lace design develops, are reminiscent not only of growing branches but also of the sunrays peeking through foliage. The large circular eyelets are reminders of the sun's daily and yearly passage through the sky. Meristem is designed with six different options to choose from - a large or a small size with many beads, fewer beads, or without beads. There are two options for beading given, but the project will also look great without any beads - simply knit the stitches without adding a bead. Worked in either lace or fingering weight yarn, the lace pattern is simple enough even for a novice lace knitter because it includes only basic stitches and the wrong side rows are all purled. So, choose your options and let Meristem take you on a romantic journey through nature's growth and transformation. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic lace stitches (yarn overs and decreases) Short rows GAUGE Lace weight: 25 sts / 32 rows = 4" / 10 cm in stockinette stitch, unblocked, using US 5 / 3.75 mm needles Fingering: 22 sts / 30 rows = 4" / 10 cm in stockinette stitch, unblocked, using US 6 / 4.00 mm needles Note: Correct gauge is not critical for this project, but your final measurements and yardage requirements may vary if your gauge is different. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Large: 26" center depth x 67" wingspan, blocked; Small: 20" center depth x 45" wingspan, blocked

Recommended with this pattern

  • Needles: Lace: Size US 5 / 3.75mm & US 7 / 4.50mm circular needle, 32" or larger. Fingering: Size US 6 / 4.00mm & US 8 / 5.00mm circular needle, 32" or larger
  • Yarn: Large: Any lace or fingering weight yarn, approx 750 - 800 yards. The large lace sample was completed with 750 yards of Madelinetosh Tosh Lace (100% Superwash Merino; 950 yards / 113 grams); color: Amber Trinket. Small: Any lace or fingering weight yarn, approx 430 - 480 yards. The small fingering sample was completed with 430 yards of Knit Picks Stroll (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 462 yards / 100 grams); color: Springtime Tonal
  • Beads (optional): Option 1 (b) - beads at the top edge and throughout the lace pattern: Glass seed beads size 8/0 3.1mm for lace weight yarn or 6/0 4.0mm for fingering yarn (approx 1400 for large shawl, 800 for small shawl); Option 2 (B) - beads only at the top edge and along the bottom lace border: Glass seed beads size 6/0 4.0mm (approx 500 for large shawl, 300 for small shawl)

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ArtQualia by Susanna IC
ArtQualia by Susanna IC
Artist by calling, art historian by training, completely obsessed with yarn. The colors, the textures, the infinite possibilities within each skein… I love knitting cables. I love knitting lace. Cables combined with lace are my idea of a knitting nirvana. I have been designing knits ever since I first picked up the needles about ten years ago; my first ‘swatch’ was a sweater for my baby boy. Since then, my designs have appeared in numerous publications, such as Interweave Knits, Jane Austen Knits, Twist Collective, and Knitty. All of my designs and projects can be found at I am a little bit of a nomad; originally from Europe, I’ve lived in five US states and two European countries. I’ve studied fashion design and I have an extensive background in studio arts and art history. All these travels and studies, along with my love of nature, continue to inspire my knitting.