Lichen Pattern


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Knitting: Lichen
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details







Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit, purl, yarn over, bind off, that is all!

Pattern Description:

3-dimensional shawl, with deeply ruffled edges that can be both feminine and mathematically fascinating
written pattern, no chart
knits, purls and yarn overs only
no short rows, no other techniques involved
tested and tech edited

Inspired by the frilly, white lichens scattered everywhere around the Viking farm I visited in Iceland. This is a very simple pattern appropriate for a beginner-with-a-friend-to-answer-questions, yet also fascinating for more advanced crafters.


13 sts = 4"/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch, well-blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Adjustable based on yarn choice. As shown, the sample measures 9.5"/24 cm deep and has a wingspan of 54"/137 cm.


  • Yarn: about 300 yards Heavy Aran weight. Shown in madelinetosh Tosh Chunky, 2 skeins
  • Knitting needles: US 10.5/6.5 mm
  • Large-eyed needle for sewing ends
  • Many pins for blocking; sample shown used 200 pins

Suggested yarn:

300 yards of Chunky weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

madelinetosh Tosh Chunky


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About Designer

About Designer

Larissa Brown on

Larissa is a lifelong knitter who learned with aluminum needles and Red Heart yarn on her nanny's chenille couch in suburban New Jersey. She writes about it in her book My Grandmother's Knitting: Family Stories and Inspired Knits by Top Designers. The book includes engaging family tales from 17 of today's foremost knitting designers, and 22 designs inspired by family.

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