Did You Know?
Fractal: In mathematics, a fractal is a subset of Euclidean space for which…did your eyes glaze over there? Fractal: In the real world, fractals are all around us. They are found in nature, geometry and algebra, and we are using them in new and surprising ways to develop better medicine and technology.
How Does it Work?
These circular and semi-circular shawls use cables in a branching fractal to replicate the look of a computer cooling chip developed at Oregon State University, and while the shawl won’t prevent your computer from overheating, made in cotton or cotton blend it is an ideal transition piece from the hot days of summer to the cooler days of fall or from the cool days of spring to the warmth of summer. The two-stitch cables divide into more two stitch cables creating smaller images of themselves and are finished with a 3-stitch I-cord edge.
For more information about fractals and to see the original cooling circuit these shawls are based on visit The Fractal Foundation at
Full-Circle: Lion Brand Shawl in a Cake Metallic (61% Cotton, 34% Acrylic, 5% Metallic; 481 yds [440 m]/150 gr): Color #300 Om Opal, 2 balls.
Semi-Circle: (pictured) Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton Classic 10 (100% Mercerized Cotton; 350 yds [320 m]/80 gr): Color Ecru, 2 balls.
Full-Circle: Size US 7 (4.5mm) needles, dpn and 40″ (102cm) circulars
Semi-Circle: Size US 6 (4mm) needles, 40” (102cm) circulars
Or size needed to obtain gauge
Full-Circle: 17 sts and 27 rows = 4″ [10cm] in St st after blocking
Semi-Circle: 21 sts and 30 rows = 4″ [10cm] in St st after blocking
Full-Circle: 42.5” [108 cm] diameter
Semi-Circle: 19” [45.75 cm] deep, 38” [96cm] wide
Tapestry needle, stitch markers (1 unique for BOR for full circle, 7 to mark reps if desired), cable needle.
See the Standard Abbreviations.
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.