Gros Morne Shawl by Janelle Martin

Gros Morne Shawl

Knitting
November 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30.75 rows = 4 inches
in Chart A, blocked and stretched
US 3 - 3.25 mm
756 yards (691 m)
58”/147.32 cm wide by 25”/63.5 cm deep. Centre spine is 6”/15.24 cm wide.
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About this Design:
Named for the national park on the western coast of Newfoundland, Gros Morne, which is the second largest national park in Canada.

This triangular shawl with centre panel is knit from bottom up. The edging brings to mind the horizontal branches of the coastal tuckamore pine trees while the body pattern was selected for its evocation of pine cones. The colour was selected to reflect the deep blue-greens of evergreen stands (white spruce and balsam fir trees) and the sprinkling of beads adds a slight shimmer.

The shawl highlights the luster and drape inherent in the longwool fibres of the Blue Faced Leicester fibre. If substituting yarn, select a wool blend that has contains silk to achieve the same amount of drape.

Skills Required:

  • Knitting Lace
  • Working with charts
  • Working with beads
  • Blocking

Other Tools:

  • Stitch markers (26)
  • 250 size 8/0 (hole size approximately 1 mm) Czech seed beads (www.beadfx.com)
  • 1 Crochet hook 0.6-0.7 mm, small enough to fit through holes in beads
  • Glow line tape (to mark current row on charts/instructions).
  • Fine cotton thread in contrasting colour for life-lines
  • Small stitch holder (1)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Blocking wires and Tpins

Skill Level: Intermediate

Yarn: 756 yards/692 meters of wool fingering weight yarn that knits up to 8 sts/inch.

Shown In:
Georgian Bay Fibre Company ‘Bayfield Fingering’, (378 yards/346 meters; 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool; 4.06 oz/115 grams per skein). 2 skeins in Severn Spruce. (This yarn was formerly called Hennessy Fingering)

Czech 8/0 Seed beads, Opaque Green Iris (#65201006) from www.beadfx.com

About the Collection:
During the summer of 2014, I traveled to Newfoundland, to the arctic coastal tundra region where the Vikings had the first European settlement in North America. Such gorgeous landscape! It’s inspired a collection focused around the landscape of this area of Newfoundland and its geological cousins in Iceland and coastal Ireland. I’ve been lucky enough to visit all three places over the past 10 years. I find the remote and stark landscapes inspiring – nature has such beautiful lines and movement.

During my visit to Newfoundland’s Great Northern Penninsula (the location of the first Viking settlement in North America) inspiration struck quite quickly and before the week was out, I had the core ideas for the Northern Landscapes collection. This accessory collection of 30-40 pieces focuses on shawls/stoles, scarves, hats, and cowls. I knew right away that the beautiful, natural colours and textures of Bare Naked Wools paired perfectly with this landscape. The collection also features indie dyers, focusing on colours drawn from the three landscapes.

The collection will be released in three parts and will be available as ebooks or individual patterns. Part one was published in August 2015, part two was published over 2016/17 and part three will be released in 2019.