Mountain Snowmelt Shawl

Mountain Snowmelt Shawl

Elegant. Cozy. Worsted Weight.

Pattern Information

   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.


  • Yarn Maker: Malabrigo
  • Yarn Base: Rios
  • Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino
  • Weight: Worsted / 10-ply
  • Put-Up: 210 yds / 3.53oz – 192m / 100g
  • Number of Skeins Required: 5
  • Length Required: 1000 yds / 914m
  • Colorway: Aquamarine

Gauge in 4″ / 10cm

  • Stockinette, Unwashed: 19 sts & 28 rows
  • Texture, Washed: 16 sts & 22 rows
  • Edging, Washed: 31 sts & 27 rows
  • To produce lofty cables and an open ribbing.


  • One 60″ / 150cm circular needle in size needed to obtain listed gauge
  • Designer Used: US8 / 5mm


  • 4 removable stitch markers
  • 2 Cable Needles
  • Yarn Needle
  • Smooth waste yarn for provisional cast on


  • One-Size


  • Center Back: 33.5″ / 85cm
  • Wingspan: 66″ / 168cm



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Cast Ons

  • Icord Tab Cast On
    • Invisible Provisional Cast On



  • K
  • P
  • Slwyif


  • 1/2 LC
  • 1/2 RC
  • 3/1/3 LPC
  • 3/1/3 RPC
  • 3/3/3 LC
  • 3/3/3 RC


  • K2Tog
  • P2Tog
  • P2Tog tbl
  • P3Tog
  • SSK


  • KFB
  • M1L
  • M1R
  • M1LP
  • M1RP

Short Row Techniques

  • LRI
  • LRPI

Bind Off & Finishing

  • Icord Bind Off
  • Kitchener Stitch

Modeled Gallery

Photography by Julieanna Davis of JulieannaD Photography

Work In Progress Gallery

Photography by Amanda Leah Guthrie of Atlas Knits

Swatch Gallery

Photography by Amanda Leah Guthrie of Atlas Knits

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