Perianth by Susanna IC


February 2022
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch @ US 6 / 4.00 mm needles & fingering yarn, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
550 - 1200 yards (503 - 1097 m)
Large Crescent: 30” / 76 cm (center depth) x 75” / 190.5 cm (wingspan) Small Crescent: 21” / 53.5 cm (center depth) x 54” / 137 cm (wingspan) Triangle: 38” / 96.5 cm (wide) x 82” / 208 cm (long)
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Perianth is a botanical term defined as the outer part of a flower, consisting of the calyx and corolla; in layman’s terms, this is the colorful part of flowers. As the name implies, this Mystery design was inspired by these gorgeous little treasures created by nature.

This pattern includes three options - two sizes of my classic short row crescent as well as an asymmetrical triangle.

The crescents are worked from the top in one piece with simple garter stitch short rows; thanks to the garter texture, there’s no need to hide the wraps. The triangle is worked in one piece, side-to-side, from a tiny cast on, and it increases along one edge forming a practical, elongated triangle. The edges of the lace are worked with a simple yarn over border, which can be conveniently used for finishing since the blocking wires can be threaded through the yarn overs.

The lace pattern is charted and includes full row-by-row written instructions as well. The lace is worked only on the right side and the wrong side rows are simply purled. Please note that there are double yarn overs and multiple-stitch decreases worked throughout the lace, so even though none of these are very difficult, some lace knitting experience could be helpful. There are nupps and beads added throughout the lace and three different beading options are charted, but the project will work just as well without any beads or nupps.

All sizes/shapes of the shawl can be worked in lace or fingering, as well as sport, DK, and worsted weight yarns, although heavier yarns may require extra yardage and larger needles. Solid, tonal, and gradient yarns will work with this lace pattern beautifully.

Finished Measurements:
Large Crescent: 30” / 76 cm (center depth) x 75” / 190.5 cm (wingspan)
Small Crescent: 21” / 53.5 cm (center depth) x 54” / 137 cm (wingspan)
Triangle: 38” / 96.5 cm (wide) x 82” / 208 cm (long)
Note: Measurements taken after blocking.

Yarn (gradient, solid, or tonal colors):
Large Crescent: Any lace or fingering weight yarn, approx 1100 - 1200 yards; the original was completed with 3 skeins of Knit Picks Shimmer (70% Alpaca, 30% Silk; 440 yards / 402 m / 50 grams); color: Ivy.
Small Crescent: Any lace to DK weight yarn, approx 550 - 650 yards; the original was completed with 2 skeins of Miss Babs Yummy 3-ply (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 335 yards / 306 m / 145 grams); color: Frog Belly.
Triangle: Any lace or fingering weight yarn, approx 975 - 1075 yards; the original was completed with 1 skein of Miss Babs Katahdin (100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester Wool; 1750 yards / 1600 m / 439 grams); color: Easy Sway.

22 sts / 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in garter stitch, blocked, using fingering yarn and US 6 / 4.00 mm needles
Note: Correct gauge is not critical for this project, but your final measurements and yardage requirements may vary if your gauge is different.

Crescents: US 5 / 3.75 mm, US 6 / 4.00 mm, US 7 / 4.50 mm circular needle, 32” or longer, and US 8 / 5.00 mm (for bind off only).
Triangle: US 5 / 3.75 mm circular needle, 32” or longer, and US 7 / 4.50 mm (for bind off only).

Crochet hook size 0.75mm (or smaller as needed to fit through holes of beads, optional)
Stitch markers, Yarn needle, Blocking pins

Beads (optional):
lots of beads / fewer beads / just edges
Large Crescent 2644 / 915 / 385
Small Crescent 1237 / 459 / 193
Triangle 1325 / 402 / 165
Note: These are exact numbers, purchasing a few extra beads is recommended.
Bead size depends on the weight of your yarn. Because of the large number of beads in the “lots of beads” option, the large or medium lace weight shawl would probably work best with 8/0 3.00 mm beads to avoid straining the yarn too much, but the same shawl worked in fingering or sport weight could easily support 6/0 4.00 mm beads.

Perianth MKAL is my seventeenth Mystery KAL shawl (previous MKALs include Saudade, Hiraeth, Calendula, Inflorescence, and Jadis).

Project Tag:

Perianth Mystery Knit-Along in the Susanna IC group.

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