Wandering around glacial cirques and moody mountain lakes, climbing steep granite rocks, roaming the plateaux and woods, exploring the gently-sloped hillsides teeming with life and wonderfully tasty mirabelle plums and myrtilles (blueberries in French)... This is what Les Vosges, a mountain range in the East of France, remind me of. The Vosges result from a geological uplift, a response to the opening of the Rhine Graben extensional basin.
The Rockscape shawl is inspired by these images from The Vosges region. With two colorways reminiscent of the iconic fruits of The Vosges, Rockscape lets you explore peaks, rocks and valleys by combining lace and mosaic with an uncommon shawl shape.
For best effect, use a yarn with reasonably good stitch definition and two colorways with enough contrast for the mosaic portions. Yarn weights ranging from fingering to DK would be suitable. As for colorways, I would recommend one solid colorway combined with either a solid, semi-solid, speckled, or gradient (single skein or gradient set) yarn.
Yipee Yarn Corriedale Sock (Fingering, 100% Corriedale, 400 meters / 437 yards per 100 grams); MC: 1 skein.
Yipee Yarn Corriedale Sock (Fingering, 100% Corriedale, 400 meters / 437 yards per 100 grams); CC: 1 skein.
Sample uses 75 grams in color High School (MC), 87 grams in color Don’t Speak (CC).
Alternative yarn: Yipee Yarn Merino Sock (Fingering, 75% Merino, 25% Polyamide, 400 meters / 437 yards per 100 grams)
3.25 mm (US size 3) 80 cm / 32 inches circular needles or size to obtain gauge. The circular needles are used to accommodate the large number of stitches.
21 stitches and 31 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch, unblocked with MC.
16 stitches and 28 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch, blocked with MC.
16 stitches and 24.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Pattern E – Peaks & Glacial Cirques, blocked with MC.
18.5 stitches and 48.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Pattern G – Granite Rocks, blocked with MC and CC.
16 stitches and 24 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Pattern I – Hillside Mirabelles & Myrtilles, blocked with CC.
Note: obtaining the gauge given is not crucial but will affect the finished size and the yardage needed.
Stitch markers (optional): 2 in color A (edge marker), 4 removable markers (or waste yarn) in color B (increase markers), 1 removable marker (or waste yarn) in color C (center-stitch marker), 4 removable markers in color D (repeat markers). Tapestry needle. Blocking pins & wires.
One; easily customizable in length.
Height (h): 111 cm / 43.75 inches, length (l): 94 cm / 37 inches, width (w): 34 cm / 13.5 inches, wingspan (wi): 177 cm / 69.75 inches.
Knit, purl, single and multiple increases and decreases. Mosaic knitting. Stitch patterns requiring some attention and with easy patterning on both sides. Picking up stitches. Elastic BO.
Video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used.
This pattern is worked flat in three Sections to form a symmetrical elongated V-shaped shawl. Suggestions are given to customize the pattern.
Charts and written instructions are provided as well as clear video tutorials for the used stitches and techniques.
For questions about this pattern, please PM me on Ravelry or send me an email. Contact details are provided.
Thank you note
I’d like to send a big thank you to my truly awesome test knitter on Ravelry: Wengshufen
Thanks a lot for your time and dedication, for helping me make this pattern even better and for showing how the pattern would look like with different yarns!
Many thanks to Naomi Parkhurst of Gannet Designs who created an original stitch pattern used in this pattern.