Craft Lovers ♥ Foglia di Bardana shawl knitted by Tibisay with Katia Cotton-Cashmere

My name is Valentina Cosciani Tibisay- and I live in Trieste (Italy) with my husband Paolo, my two children Leonardo and Riccardo and our cat ‘Strudel’. I spend lot of my time writing on my blog and drawing my patterns. I’ve learnt to knit from my Grandmother, a really elegant woman, and I have a past as a painter. These two experiences affect very much my taste and my drawings. When I compose my patterns I look for simple lines with small details that make the difference. I like to share everything I do on Instagram and on my Facebook page: keeping in touch with people that follow me is a real need!

Foglia di Bardana shawl

Foglia di Bardana shawl

It’s part of the collection inspired by Monti Pallidi, Italian Dolomiti’s Mountain range. Bardana is a healing herb typical of Dolomiti mountains. Has top frame and gray elongated leaves. According to tradition, it is used to purify blood, against arthritis, stomach issues and wound care. Today it’s also recommended for skin care. ‘Foglia di Bardana shawl‘ is knitted from top in a particoular way; the middle part is decorated with a simple motif inspired by Bardana’s leaves. This garment is also suitable for men.

Measurements. 198 cm lenght x 38 cm center depth.

Yarn and Needles

Katia Cotton – Cashmere (90% cotton, 10% cashmere: 155 m / 50 gr skein), 4 skeins (600 m).
Circular Needles: 40′ US 4/3,5 mm or the size needed to obtain the correct gauge.
2 stitch markers + Tapestry needle + Blocking pins.

Foglia di Bardana shawl

Gauge. 19 sts. x 30 rows = 10×10 cm Stockinette stitch after blocking. However, the gauge isn’t crucial on this project. If you want a larger Foglia di Bardana shawl you can enlarge it to the desired size. So, final blocking is very important to get the finished measurements!

Terms and Techniques 

Provisional cast on.

Pick up stitches along provisional cast on.

Stretchy bind off.

kfb: knit in front and back of st.

CO: cast on
st.: stitch
k: knit
p: purl
ktbl: knit through back of loop
M: marker
PM: place marker
RM: remove marker
SM: slip marker
WS: wrong side
RS: right side

Foglia di Bardana shawl Pattern

Section 1. With provisional cast on, CO 3 st.
Next row: knit
Repeat last row 143 more times.
Turn work of 90°, pick up and knit 142 st along the edge; turn work of 90°, pick up and knit the first 3 stitches you casted on. (148 st)

Row1 (WS): k30, PM, k88, PM, k29, k1tbl

Row2 (RS): k3, kfb twice, *knit to M, SM* Rep. from * to * once more, k to 5 sts before end of row, kfb twice, k2, k1tbl

Row3: knit to 1 st before end of row (slipping markers), k1tbl (152 st)

Section 2 (increase):
Row1 (RS): k3, kfb twice, *k to m, SM*, rep. from * to * once more, k to 5 sts before end of row, kfb twice, k2, k1tbl

Row2 (WS): k3, p to 3 sts before end of row (slipping markers), k2, k1tbl

Row3: k3, kfb twice, k to M, SM, *k4, p4*, rep. from * to * to M, SM, k to 5 sts before end of row, kfb twice, k2, k1tbl

Row4: k3, p to M, SM, k3, *p4, k4*, rep. from * to * to 5 sts before M, p4, k1, SM, p to 3 m before end of row, k2, k1tbl

Row5: k3, kfb twice, k to M, SM, p2, *k4, p4*, rep. from * to * to 6 sts before M, k4, p2, SM, k to 5 sts. before end of row, kfb twice, k2, k1tbl

Row6: k3, p to M, SM, k1, *p4, k4*, rep. from * to * to 7 sts. before M, p4, k3, SM, p to 3 sts before end of row, k2, k1tbl

Row7: k3, kfb twice, f. to M, SM, k3, *p4, k4*, rep. from * to * to 5 sts before M, p4, k1, SM, k to 5 sts before end of row, kfb twice, k2, k1tbl

Row8: k3, p to M, SM, p2, *k4, p4*, rep. from * to * to 6 sts before M, k4, p2, SM, p to 3 sts. before end of row, k2, k1tbl

Row9: k3, kfb twice, k to M, SM, k1, *p4, k4*, rep. from * to * to 7 sts before M, p4, k3, SM, k to 5 sts before end of row, kfb twice, k2, k1tbl.

Row10: k3, p to M, SM, *p4, k4*, rep. from * to * to M, SM, p to 3 sts before end of row, k2, k1tbl

Row11: as Row 1

Row12: as Row 2
Rep. Rows 1 to 12: 8 times (368 sts)

Section 3 (edging and bind off). Row1 (RS): k3, kfb twice, *k to M, SM*, rep. from * to * once more, k to 5 sts before end of row, kfb twice, k2, k1tbl

Row2 (WS): k to 1 m. before end of row (slipping markers), k1tbl
Rep. Rows 1 and 2: twice more (380 sts)
With a stretchy bind off, cast off stitches. Break yarn, weave in ends and block.

Blocking Foglia di Bardana shawl

Foglia di Bardana shawl

Wash the Foglia di Bardana shawl with cold water and neutral detergent. Then, press it gently with hands to let the water come out. Lay it on a big towel and roll it as a sousage, than press hardly to let all water come out. At this point, unroll the towel and lay it flat. Pull the shawl untill you reach the finished measures (with the help of a tape measure) and spill pins 2 cm one from another. So, pay attention to firmly attach the tips. Let dry. Finally, wear it and be chic!