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Wild Orchid

from Sue Lazenby Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Wild Orchid
Wild Orchid
Wild Orchid deeper triangular shawl in 3ply
Wild Orchid
Wild Orchid shallow shawlette in fingering

Pattern Description:

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Inspired by a surprise & rare find of a wild orchid in a wood near my home, this sideways knitted shawl or shawlette is a versatile knit in two different depths and two versions (elongated crescent / triangle or asymmetrical). The garter body has an i-cord top edge which is worked at the same time as the rest of the shawl and a deep lace border of a flower panel and then fagoting which forms a zigzag lower edge.

For the crescent / triangular versions, half the yarn is used before starting the decrease section and the asymmetrical one can be worked to use all the yarn, making it adaptable to different yardages.

Although examples are in 3ply to fingering, it could also be made in a thicker yarn for a cosy winter wrap.

?Yarn (very flexible according to number of repeats), examples:
Shallow crescent: (18 - 20 rpts) fingering weight approx. 340 - 420 yd / 311 - 384 m
Deeper triangular: (24 rpts) 3ply: approx. 600 yd / 604 m
(26 rpts) fingering: approx. 740 yd / 677 m
Shallow asymmetrical: (26 rpts) fingering: approx.660 yd / 604 m
Deeper asymmetrical: (19 rpts) fingering: approx. 835 yd / 764 m
The detailed instructions are fully written as well as charted throughout.

The pattern has been fully tech edited and tested.

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26 sts / 36 rows = 4" / 10 cm over garter stitch on 4mm needles using fingering BEFORE blocking

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 4 versions: shallow crescent 48.5'' x 26'' (fingering 18 repeats); deeper triangle 60" x 26" (3ply 24 repeats); shallow asymmetrical 70" x 22" (fingering 26 repeats); deeper asymmetrical 51" x 45" (fingering 19 repeats)


  • Fingering yarn 340 - 835 yd / 311 - 764 m
  • Light fingering / 3ply approx. 600yd / 604 m
  • Circular needles 24'' / 60 cm or 32'' / 80 cm 4mm fingering, 3.75 mm light fingering /3ply

You Will Also Need:

  • 3 stitch markers
  • blocking wires & pins

Suggested yarn:

340 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Old Maiden Aunt Merino / Silk 4ply


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I live in rural mid Wales in a small house, well insulated with yarn. When not compulsively knitting shawls, I can be found pottering in my garden and finding inspiration from the welsh ...

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