Where I used to live In southern California the few ferns growing there were in areas sheltered from the sun and the cruel Santa Ana winds, seldom thriving except in the yards of expert gardeners who spent a fortune on water to keep them moist and happy. Here in the Pacific Northwest ferns grow everywhere. They are considered weeds by some, and can be found in shady corners everywhere. They grow happily, freely, prolifically in every corner of my garden... including on the branch of an apple tree right outside the window.

Knitting begins with a loose cast on. The lacy fern leaves are knit, then shawl is shaped into a crescent using the kind of short rows often used to shape the heel on top-down socks.

The PDF version of this pattern includes both charted and written stitch instructions. The printed version of this pattern includes only the charted stitch instructions.

Yarn: fingering weight 675 yards
Model: Louet GEMS Fingering
Gauge: 14 sts and 31 rows to 4 inches
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles, or size required for gauge
Finished size: inner edge: 79 in (200.5 cm); outer edge 99 in (251.5 cm); ends 8 in (20.5 cm); max height 12 in (30.5 cm)
Notions: stitch markers (optional), yarn needle

Skills: k2tog, ssk, YO, sl2-k1-p2sso, garter stitch, short rows
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.