Ascent Shawl {Light} by Amanda Leah Guthrie

Ascent Shawl {Light}

March 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, After Blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
570 - 700 yards (521 - 640 m)
60" (152 cm) wingspan, 28" (71 cm) center depth
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Instructions: Both charted and fully written.
Techniques In This Knitventure: Garter Tab Cast On, Knit, Purl, Yarnover, K2Tog, SSK, Central Double Decrease (CDD), Slipped Stitches, Simple Shawl Shaping, Russian Bind Off
Suggested Knitting Skills: Ambitious or Advanced Beginner

Deep below the emergent and canopy forest layers lies the understory. Vegetation requires light, and only robust plants can survive in understory conditions. Saplings battle to survive, often suppressing growth for decades. They’re saving their energy until a section of the overstory opens and allows nurturing light to shine in, allowing them to grow.

Life in the understory is an illustration of strength and resilience, of keeping watch for opportunity and seizing it when it appears. It’s an illustration of pausing to take advantage of small growth opportunities while aiming for greatness.

The Ascent collection uses simple textures, punctuated by a mesh lace that mimics light being let in to allow the pattern to grow. The short-repeat stitch patterns create a meditative quality that allows you to reflect on the growth catalysts in your own journey, while the changing textures build momentum to spur you on to your next knitventure.

Needles: Size US5 (3.75mm) - 40”+ (101cm+) Circular Needle
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock | Light Fingering | 100% Merino | 440 yards (402m)/ 3.53 oz (100g) Colorway: Violeta Africana
Yardage: 633 yards / 580 meters | Test Knitters used from 585 yards (535m) - 800 yards (732m)
Gauge: 24 stitches and 40 rows = 4” (10cm) in blocked stockinette. Gauge is not crucial to this project but different gauges will affect size and amount of yarn used (see test knitters’ yardage).
Notions: 4 Removable Stitch Markers, Tapestry Needle
Optional Notions: Crochet Hook & Waste Yarn for Crochet Provisional Cast On for Garter Tab
Unblocked Size: 48” (122cm) Wingspan / 22” (56cm) Depth
Blocked Size: 60” (152cm) Wingspan / 28” (71cm) Depth

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