Cordillera (Knit Version)
This shawlette uses Old Shale, a traditional Shetland lace pattern often misreferred to as “Feather and Fan,” another Shetland patten that looks similar but it worked differently. Pattern is suitable for beginner knitters wanting to combine the very basics into something more, all intermediate knitters, and advanced knitters as a relatively mindless knit. Crochet version is suitable for comfortable beginners as well as more advanced crocheters looking for a mindless project. You will need to be comfortable either carrying two yarns along the sides of a work or weaving in the ends from the stripes.
The Main Chart can be repeated as many times as you want, so the pattern works with any yarn weight, needle size, or hook size.
Choose 3 colours of a DK weight, about 110 yards each. Your yarn choice will determine the weather and style of this item. I used Llama Una by Mirasol, in 8202 Gull (grey), 8207 Forest (green), and 8204 Gold, for a really weatherproof autumn-coloured item. If you change your yarn weight, please choose oversize needles that will work accordingly, and keep in mind that you can knit for as long as you want on this piece provided you have enough yardage. This would also be a lovely way to showcase handspun, perhaps by “balancing” it with some plain yarn to let it pop through.
I often buy different colours of the same yarn when I can afford it. I see it a a way to challenge myself. The problem, then, is when I have 2 or 3 skeins of the same yarn in different colours with no clue how to use them, but still a burning urge to use them. Cordillera is inspired by the 1999 song ”Cordillera” by Argentinian rock band los Enanitos Verdes. The name “Cordillera” is suitable for the yarn and colours used, as indicative of the Andes region. When you select your yarn, you may keep in mind the inspiration of the region or of the 90s alternative, or you can go for your own bold patterning. Your selection can make this a refined, serious knit; a fluttery, delicate knit; or a wild, untamed knit. Cordillera came about from seeing a pattern in a yarn shop that had colours I would never have thought of putting together next to each other, and it looked stunning. Little clue- it is a Shetland lace stitch. But this is not a “lacy” piece.