From the Fields by Larissa Brown

From the Fields

September 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch; Exact gauge is not critical.
US 4 - 3.5 mm
440 - 500 yards (402 - 457 m)
13" back depth, 13" long fronts
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Gauge should be 22 stitches per four inches. It is printed as 38 in the pattern. Exact gauge is not critical.

  • Written pattern; no chart
  • Simple repeat, memorizable by most knitters
  • Test knit and tech edited
  • Takes one skein of sock yarn about 440 yards or longer

In 2012, I set out to write a love story.

It became my first novel, which takes place in tenth century Iceland--a place of rugged danger and breathtaking beauty. A world where Norse gods are real and women’s dyepots overflow with lichens and birch leaves. It’s called Beautiful Wreck.

Along the way, I started collecting ideas for shawls, stoles and scarves that are related to my fictional farm and the romantic story that takes place there.

I designed several over the course of a year and put them into a collection called My Viking Love Song.

From the Fields was the first.

This shawl came together after I studied how long it takes to clear an acre of grass by hand with a scythe (which is, btw, a lot less time than it takes to make the shawl.) The lace design reflects the shape of wind rows in the landscape.

For more of the inspiration for this design and my book overall, see my Viking Romance pinboard: