Fichu! Fichu! (No, I don’t have a cold.)

This weekend between helping with open studios and marking papers, I bought a copy of this lovely fichu pattern from Baxter Knits.
Baxter Knits Lace Fichu

I first spotted this pattern when I was sifting through the photos on Ravelry of projects made with Zauberball. The photo above, which comes with the pattern, is lovely, but the piece also looks beautiful in a whole range of colors. (If you’re a Ravelry member, you can see all the possibilities at the Projects Gallery for this pattern.)

What really convinced me that I needed to buy this pattern was the description of the fichu’s construction. It’s worked in three parts:
• the center is knit in garter stitch using short row shaping
• stitches are picked up along the outside edge for the first, eyelet border
• the final border is knitted on sideways, working from one end to the other

I expect knitting it will be sort of a woolly equivalent of a good cross-training workout: moving from one distinct activity to the next, with each of them pushing one in slightly different ways.

Now to go stash-diving and see what I have to knit it up in.

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