Xerophyte is a crescent-shaped shawl dotted with mini-bobbles and edged with a ribbed border. The shawl’s textures and gently-scalloped border contrast soft rounded shapes with crisp geometry, and echo the prickle-studded lobes of prickly pear cacti. Xerophyte takes its name from the class of plants adapted to conserve or store water, which includes cacti and succulents.
Skills & Techniques
The shawl is worked from the top down, beginning with a garter tab cast on
The mini-bobbles are simple to work and require no turning
The instructions are provided in written form only
2 skeins of A Verb For Keeping Warm Floating (70% superfine alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere; 437yds/400m per 100g skein), or 860yds/786m of fingering-weight yarn. Sample colourway: ‘Lamb’s Ear’
US 6 / 4mm circular needles (or needle size that gives you the right gauge)
12 stitch markers
A needle for weaving in the ends
Blocking pins and wires (optional but recommended)
Relaxed after blocking: 85.5”/217cm wingspan, and 16.5”/42cm depth at centre
You can enlarge or reduce the size of the shawl by working a different number of repeats of the bobble section and/or border rows.
Photos by Making Magazine.