Bitterroot by Rosemary (Romi) Hill


December 2009
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
450 - 750 yards (411 - 686 m)
Small/shawlette, large/shawl.
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NOTE: The yardage in the Knitty pattern was incorrect, but has now been corrected in the description above and on Knitty. I want to offer a huge personal apology. I did double and triple check my yardage, but apparently my yardage counter is horribly inaccurate with finer yarns. :( - Romi

CORRECTION: The first k2tog on Chart G, row 17 should be a knit stitch. It has been corrected on Knitty, but please check to make sure you have the corrected version.

From the description:

Legend has it that long ago, hunger swept through the Native American tribes. As time passed slowly and food supplies dwindled, famine beckoned disease and death closer and closer.

One day, a mother knelt in sorrow by the river, her children sick and dying. The Sun heard her cries of anguish and took pity on the mother, changing her tears to Bitterroot, that her people might never be hungry and sick again.

The idea for this simple and elegant shawl came to me while looking over patterns in a stitch dictionary. I was struck by how much visual difference a small modification could produce.

The lace patterns in this shawl morph seamlessly into one another and change merely by altering the placement of the decreases.

The “unvented” edging adds just the right amount of extra laciness for a perfect little shawlette to wear around your neck, or a lovely full sized shawl fit for a Sun goddess.

Length at center: 25(37) inches
Width along upper edge: 54(71) inches

207(656) size 6/0 seed beads
Smooth waste yarn
Stitch markers
Yarn needle
Steel crochet hook, small enough to fit through holes in beads

NOTES: When you pick up stitches at the beginning of the shawl, make sure you only pick up one leg of the stitch. Picking up the whole stitch will result in a small ridge.

I’ve had a lot of questions about the direction to work “in pattern” for the bind off. Since you will be binding off on a wrong side row, working “in pattern” refers to the need to knit the edge stitches, purl most of the body stitches and p1, k1, p1 into the triple yarn-overs while you are binding off.

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