Mountain Snowmelt Shawl
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High in the Rocky Mountains mountains, discover snow compressed and hardened by its own weight. As it slowly melts, it finds its way into streams and rivers. Here in Colorado, snowpack is a valuable resource for drinking water and avoiding drought-induced wildfires. Come spring, the streams and rivers fill a little more, and the closer to a mountain top you can climb, the clearer the water gets. Crisp, refreshing, and cold, this water brings life with it down into the plains.
This shawl is an ode to water’s properties in its many forms, from snowpack to snowmelt to life-sustenance. Wade through deep snowpack with the shawl body’s alternating ribbed pattern, and float down a mountain with an applied border of a stream of cabled snowmelt. Short rows create a symmetrical cabled heart on the center point of the shawl border, a reminder to be grateful for clean, drinkable water.
Work In Progress
- One 60 in / 150 cm circular needle in size needed to obtain listed gauge
- Designer Used: US 8 / 5 mm
- 4 stitch markers to keep track of row sections
- 2 cable needles for holding stitches while creating cables
- 1 yarn needle for grafting and weaving in ends
- Smooth waste yarn for provisional cast on
Construction & Schematic
This shawl is cast on (1) with an icord cast on and is then worked top-down (2) with 4 increases alongside the stitch patterns every other row to fill out the body.
An icord cast on (3) is used to continue the icord and create stitches for the border, which is worked as an applied edging (4), binding off 1 stitch every 2 rows. A short row corner is worked at the bottom center point of the shawl (5) before continuing with the applied border.
The shawl is finished with an icord bind off. The last 3 body stitches are grafted together with 3 stitches from the icord bind off for a continuous icord edge (6).