A marvelous new design from Ursa Major Knits, Fossil Fern is sure to keep your interest as you knit yet remains relatively simple. In fact, the designer says that once you get into the swing of it, you will find it to be great TV knitting!
Here is what Crizzy (the Ravelry name of this awesome designer) writes:
Fossil Fern is an intricate looking yet relatively easy to knit shawl made with two yarns.
It is fully reversible. One side will highight Yarn A and the other will highlight Yarn B. Accordingly, you will need two contrasting yarns of the same weight: two solids, one solid or semi solid combined with a color gradient, or two color gradients that go well together as a pair but that are distinctive enough to make out the individual modules – all these combinations work well together.
The amount of yarn you need will of course depend on the tightness of your knitting and the weight of your yarn. The size will depend on the numer of modules you want to knit. Fossil Fern is composed of two parts - a waxing and a waning part. Simply knit the waxing part until you have reached half of the desired length and/or until you have used up to 50% of your yarn.
Therefore, you can use any yarn weight and needles you like and knit any size from a large shawl to a small shawlette....
Fossil Fern is a modular knit but there is no seaming involved as you will join all the modules as you go. You will find photo tutorials on all the necessary techniques for joining the modules.
The general principle is fairly easy and you won’t have to look at the instructions once you have knitted the first few modules. However all instructions are given in written and charted form in case you want to refer to them.
This makes Fossil Fern a doable project for most knitters - definitely perfect for tv-knitting
The Yarn and Colorways
We have taken to heart what Crizzy writes about this pattern working for all weights of yarn and for a gradiently dyed one plus a solid. For that is what we have put together in two very different kits.
Neither of our kits duplicates the yarns or colorways that she used in her original piece. You can see our kits in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.
We have put together two kits composed all of plant fibers (descriptions below).
Kit A (Plant Fibers):
1. Gomitolo Denim Inca is a yarn which has long color runs with occasional sections of pattern (see swatch photos on this page). It is made up of 80% cotton + 20% nylon and has 810 yards (740m) in its 200g cake. It is considered a sport weight.
This colorway is called Flower Garden and has varying greens and teals with blues and goldenrod and a bit of brown and sky blue as well.
2. The contrast yarn is just slightly heavier (classified as DK weight instead of sport weight) but I really love how its colors meld with the colors of the Gomitolo Denim Inca . This one is from Noro, a brand-new yarn named Kakigori. Made of 50% cotton + 30% silk + 10% viscose + 10% nylon, there are 660 yards per 200g ball.
The colorway is named Hakodate and is a speckled delight. On a black background, there are speckles that remind me of the Northern Lights. I see turquoise and pink and yellow and a few in between.
****Note**** If you would prefer the lighter Noro (described below with Kit B) to go with your Flower Garden, just let me know. These also look great together and the needed contrast is excellent.
Each Kit A will give you one cake of each of these so you will have 810 yards + 660 yards.
Kit B (Plant Fibers again):
1. Another colorway of Gomitolo Denim Inca, this one is named Summer Sunset. This one plays with variations mostly in the orange family -- there is peach and apricot, orange and some fucshia as a bright highlight, rose and sand.
2. The contrast yarn is again Kakigori. .
This is named Naha and is another wonderful speckled colorway. On an ecru background,t here are speckles and washes of color that last as long color runs. I see mostly spots of purple and yellow with peach a and pink.
Each Kit B will also give you one cake of each of these so you will have 810 yards + 660 yards.
Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern.
I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Crizzy via her Ravelry web page. In that case, make sure the drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed."
Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy of the pattern, then the "Pattern" drop-down menu should be set to that. It is 12 pages.
We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and I generally do that right before shipping the kit).