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Laura Patterson of Fiber Dreams shares the story of her
Clarine cowl..."The Arthurian legend is filled to
overflowing with characters, plots, intrigueÖ and confusion. For instance,
take the lineage of one of the most loved characters: Sir Lancelot. Was he
the son of King Ban or King Pant? Was his father from Benoic or Genewis (or
is it spelled Gennewis)? Was his mother Helsin, Clarine (said to be King
Arthurís sister, or perhaps not), Helaine, or Elaine? Did Lancelotís parents
give him to the Lady of the Lake, or did the Lady steal him from them? Or
was Lancelot stolen by a fairy to be raised in Maidenland? Confused yet? I
donít know about you, but I certainly am. In choosing a name for this
pattern I thought that naming it after Lancelotís mother would be a simple
thing; instead it brought more choices, and more confusion, than one might
think. In the in it came to this: I like the name Clarine, so I went with
Clarine is worked in the round, and
starts with a folded picot hem. The lace design is worked throughout the
body of the cowl, then a simple seed stitch is used to prevent curling, and
to finish up the final edge. Cowl can be worn with picot edge at the top or
Model made with a light fingering yarn held double. It can
also be made with a sport weight yarn and half the yardage, when yarn held
Finished sizes (circumference x height):
24 x 12 inches and 61 x 30.5 cm
260 yards sport weight held single, 520 yards light fingering held double
(shown in model).
k2tog, ssk, YO, s2-k1-p2sso, provisional cast on, knitting in the round.
1 stitch marker required (up to 14 additional markers optional), smooth
waste yarn in contrasting color, yarn needle.
Charted and written.