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Aspen Roots Shawl

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Inspiration

Aspen trees are a symbol of adaptation and resilience. In a ecosystem where mostly evergreen trees thrive, aspens developed traits that aid in their survival. With leaves that reduce wind damage to the trunk, to photosynthetic bark, and growing in groves with highly interconnected root systems, this tree is a symbol of grit.
Weaving, twisted cables support lacy leaves in this large, cozy shawl. The shawl serves as a reminder to stay in touch with your heritage and to foster connection, growing a support system around you.

Modeled photos copyright Julieanna Donley. All other photos copyright Atlas Knits.

Yarn

Brand:
Malabrigo
Base:
Rios
Weight:
Worsted / 10-Ply
Per Skein:
210 yds / 192 m in each 3.53 oz / 100 g skein
Fiber Content:
100% Superwash Merino Wool
Colorway:
Triangle: Fresco Y Seco; 3/4 Square: Fresco Y Seco
Number of Skeins:
Triangle: 4; 3/4 Square: 6
Length Required:
Triangle: 812 yds / 743 m; 3/4 Square: 1218 yds / 1114 m

Tools

Needles:
  • One 60 in / 150 cm circular needle in size needed to obtain listed gauge
    • Designer Used: US 8 / 5 mm
  • One 60 in / 150 cm circular needle in size 0.5mm smaller diameter than needle size used to obtain listed gauge
    • Designer Used: US 7 / 4.5 mm
Tools:
  • 3 (4) stitch markers for keeping track of row sections
  • 1 cable needle to hold stitches when cabling
  • 1 yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • Smooth waste yarn for provisional cast on

Size

Triangle
  • Wingspan: 67" / 170 cm
  • Center Back: 32" / 81 cm
  • Edges: 48" / 122 cm
3/4 Square
  • Edges: 48" / 122 cm

Construction & Schematic

Construction

This shawl utilizes an i-cord cast on and is worked from the top down, with 4 increases every other row, continuing the i-cord down the edges. Work the triangular panels twice for a triangle shawl or three times for a 3/4 square shawl. Triangle construction is noted with 3/4 square shawl construction in parentheses: 2 (3) times. Markers are placed at the edges and between each panel to keep the piece organized. The shawl is finished with an i-cord bind off. The last three edge stitches are grafted together with 3 stitches from the i-cord bind off for a continuous i-cord edge. Due to the cable construction’s similarities to ribbing, the top edge will be curved until it is aggressively blocked.

Schematic for Triangle

Schematic for 3/4 Square

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