Aviarium: From Avis (bird) and Arium (a place for)…. Everywhere I went, I was seeing birdcages! The garden center was selling them for placing your own plants in; the supermarket had them prefilled with moss and succulents. Every home décor catalog I saw had one! I wanted one, too, but as I lack the ability to keep many plants alive, I decided to knit my own birdcage filled with flowers and vines. This top- down shawl combines the two shawl shapes I love most: top-down wedge with some half-pi shaping and flows from one to the other, ending with an applied border.
36″ (91.5cm) wingspan and 17″ (43cm) drop
Unplanned Peacock Lustral Shawl (80% Merino Wool, 20% silk; 600 yards [549meters]/150 grams): Anemone, 1 skein.
Size US 5 (3.75 mm): circular needle at least 40”long [100 cm] or size to obtain gauge.
Stitch markers; waste yarn for provisional cast on; tapestry needle; optional cable needle
20 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st afterwet blocking.
Please see our standard abbreviations.
1/1 RC: Knit the 2nd st on the LH needle, then the 1st st tbl drop both original sts.
1/1 RT: Slip 1 st onto cn, hold to back of work, k1, then k1tbl from cn.
Note: The Twist in the pattern can be worked using either of the above methods; pick one and use it consistently.
Lateral Braid Row (also called Vikkel Braid): K3, m1, * replace st on LH needle, from the back of your work, k 2nd st on LH needle tbl, do not drop st, from the front of the work, k 1st st, drop both original sts, rep from* to last 4 sts, replace st on LH needle, k2tog, k3.
7 st nupps
Row 1 (RS): (k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1) into next st.
Row 2 (WS): P7tog.
Tip: For ease of working the P7tog, wrap the yarn over the top of your needle when working Row 1 and p7tog through back loops on Row 2. Alternately use a small crochet hook to work the p7tog.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER – MARY E. ROSE
Mary learned to knit as a young child and it has had an impact on her life ever since. As a teen, when her friends were getting jobs at fast food restaurants, Mary worked at her LYS, where the hours and working conditions were much better.
As with many knitters, when she couldn’t find patterns for what she wanted to knit, she started designing her own.