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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Cirrhosa

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • k2tog
  • k3tog
  • ssk
  • s1-k2tog-psso
  • s2-k1-p2sso
  • YO
  • double YO
  • short rows
  • provisional cast on
  • picking up stitches along an edge

Pattern Description:

A couple of years ago I came across this lovely old Shetland border stitch, Clematis. I promptly used the basic stitch in two different designs (Clematis and Niobe). I thought that I was long done with this border, but it had other plans for me. The current result is this crescent-shaped scarf/shoulder shawl. In case you were wondering, Cirrhosa (pronounced sir-ROH-suh) is a variety of the delicate clematis vine that originally inspired the border.

The lacy edging is knit first. It grows from a cast on of just a few stitches, the length is knit, then the total number of stitches is decreased again, stitches are picked up along the right side, then short rows are used to shape it into a crescent.

Stitch pattern is charted only.

Requires 335, 383 [450, 510] yards of fingering weight yarn.


20 sts and 22 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in lace pattern, blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 53 x 10, 61 x 10 [69 x 10.5, 76 x 11] inches
  • 132.5 x 25.5, 155 x 25.5 [175 x 26.5, 193 x 28] cm


  • US 5 (3.75 mm) needles, or size needed to get gauge
  • US F (3.75 mm) hook for provisional cast on

You Will Also Need:

  • Approximately 1 yard smooth waste yarn (fingering weight) in a contrasting color for provisional cast on
  • stitch markers optional
  • yarn needle

Suggested yarn:

383 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks That Rock


Vancouver Violet
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I have knit and crocheted, and done various forms of embroidery and needlepoint since early grammar school. Making things with bits of colored string is so integral to my being that the few times of ...

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