Ancient Woodland Shawl

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This shawl is worked with a unique blend of yarn overs and cables to create a highly textured forest scene. The cable branches flow organically from the tree trunks, meeting together in the middle of the shawl.


Gauge: 22 sts and 26 rows per 4 inch (10 cm) square in stockinette after blocking
Finished Measurements: 66 inches (168cm) long, 17 inches (43cm) wide at center, gradually expanding to 29 inches (74 cm) wide at short edges
Yarn Requirements: 1000-1250 yards of laceweight yarn, sample shown in Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace in Colorway ‘Mossy Grove’
Needle Size: 3.5mm (US 4) straight or circular needle for flat knitting or size needed to obtain gauge
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, sl1 k2tog psso, yo, slipped stitches, Left Twist, Right Twist, c1 over 2 right, c1 over 2 left, c2 over 1 right, c2 over 1 left, c2 over 2 right, c2 over 2 left, c2 over 3 right, c3 over 1 right, c3 over 1 left, c3 over 2 right, c3 over 2 left, c3 over 3 right, c3 over 3 left, c4 over 2 right, c4 over 2 left, c4 over 3 right, c4 over 3 left, c4 over 4 right, with directions for working each of those cables.
Other Details: This shawl is worked beginning with a provisional cast on, and one side worked out. Then the provisional cast on is removed and the live stitches are used to knit the second side.


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Comments 5

  1. Roni wrote:

    I’m going to make this for a wedding present for a friend that loves the woods. Perhaps with a star border.
    Lovely pattern.

    Posted 26 Nov 2012 at 1:30 PM
  2. Mary Dieterich wrote:

    I love this pattern. I am only a beginner (one year), so it’s going to be a challenge. I was going over the stitch legend with my local knit guru, and I don’t understand the logic of the cable stitch diagrams. Some show the correct number of stitches on the SL in the chart boxes, and stitches, but some have empty spaces and the # of Sl and KI stitches don’t show on the chart spaces. For example, in the C3 over 2 left, why doesn’t the sl3 mark extend over three squares on the chart? I am finding it impossible to read the chart without constantly referring to the legend. Am I reading something wrong? Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity. I have to also say I just finished the Adamas shawl, and I love it!.

    Posted 19 Feb 2013 at 8:54 PM
  3. Mim wrote:

    Hi Mary, In the instance of the c3 over 2 left, the slanted marks extend over 3 sts because you are extending those 3 sts over the other 2. The symbols are meant to look like the cable they create. Some people find it easier to highlight the cable stitches with different colors so that you can recognize a color and know what to do according to the legend without having to recognize the symbol. Alternately, it might be good for you to write on the chart in the white space of a cable cross “3/2” meaning “3 sts over 2 sts” but since you can see the symbol slants left, then you will know it’s a C3 over 2 left. I hope that helps.

    Posted 22 Feb 2013 at 6:06 AM
  4. Janet Elwood wrote:

    Is the “mossy grove” yarn still available anywhere? If not do you have a recommendation for a similar yarn. I really liked the color.

    Posted 24 Jul 2013 at 5:55 PM
  5. Mim wrote:

    Hi Janet, I think that colorway was only for the club where the pattern was originally published. Sorry!


    Posted 26 Jul 2013 at 2:13 PM

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