Shetland Fern Stitch

Here is one of the loveliest of traditional Shetland lace patterns. Becausc of its popularity it has been much varied, but most of the variations constitute an enlargement of the pattern rather than a difference in the actual working of it. The version given here is basic.

Panel of 15 sts.

Row 1 (Right side)—K7, yo, ssk, k6. Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10—Purl. Row 3—K5, k2 tog, yo, kl, yo, ssk, k5. Row 5—K4, k2 tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k4.

Row 7—K4, yo, ssk, yo, si 1—k2 tog—psso, yo, k2 tog, yo, k4. Row 9—K2, k2 tog, yo, kl, yo, ssk, kl, k2 tog, yo, kl, yo, ssk, k2. Row 11—K2, (yo, ssk) twice, k3, (k2 tog, yo) twice, k2. Row 12—P3, (yo, p2 tog) twice, pi, (p2 tog-b, yo) twice, p3. Row 13—K4, yo, ssk, yo, si 1—k2 tog—psso, yo, k2 tog, yo, k4. Row 14—P5, yo, p2 tog, pi, p2 tog-b, yo, p5. Row 15—K6, yo, si 1—k2 tog—psso, yo, k6. Row 16—Purl.

Repeat Rows 1-16.

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