A really intriguing crescent shawl by Laura of Fiber Dreams. I will let her tell you about Birdsfoot Fern:
I had way too many plants in my room when I was a teen. Way too many—more than 50 of them at one point. One of my favorites was one that I was completely unable to keep alive: the rabbit foot fern. The rabbit foot fern is still one of my all-time favorite plants, though I learned to not even try to grow them—they always die on me. But I think of them a lot: Their delicate, lacy leaves that sprout at seemingly any point at all along the soft, fuzzy, rabbit foot roots. Lovely. I quite naturally thought of this gorgeous plant when I was looking for a name for this pattern. You see, the trefoil stitch that runs along next to the lacy fern leaf border is also named for a plant. Another name for the trefoil plant is “birdsfoot.” See? Rabbit foot, birdsfoot, birdsfoot, rabbit foot... But in case you were wondering, though there is a plant called bird’s foot fern, it isn’t at all what I had in mind.
The lace portion of the scarf is knit back and forth starting with a provisional cast on of only five stitches, and growing to that portion’s full width by increases worked into the lace. At the far end, decreases are worked until only five stitches remain, which are not bound off, but held to be worked later. The center portion of the scarf is worked in garter stitch, in short rows, eventually incorporating the five live stitches on each end. It’s blocked into an attractive and easily wearable crescent shape that drapes well around the shoulders.
This is really lovely.
All that is needed is 390 yards of a sport weight yarn to get a gauge of 21.75 sts and 19.25 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in the trefoil pattern, blocked.
The original used The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in Cuban Cockroach; 412 yards in 4 oz (113 g); 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon. This is not too far different than the fibers and weight of Breathless which we carry, classified as a heavy fingering weight (quite close to sport weight). (We just got in a big box of Breathless yarns that aren't on the site yet -- email me if you can't wait....)
Of course, for a scarf or shawl, gauge is not vitally important -- and just about any fingering weight yarn could work as well; just make sure you have enough yarn.
The original shown here has a finished size of 11.75 x 50.5 inches; 30 x 128 cm.
Laura rates the difficulty level of this pattern as Experienced.
The stitch instructions are both charted and written.