High Road by Mary Heather Browne

High Road

January 2011
Sport (12 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
46"/117 cm wide along top edge and 13"/33 cm long down center spine
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This pattern was created for the 2nd shipment of A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Pro-Verbial Club 2010-11.

Worked in a luxurious merino/silk yarn, High Road grows organically from its center path. With simple, classic stitch patterns worked into an unusually constructed triangle shawl, High Road strikes the perfect balance between meditative process and interesting, wearable finished shawl.

Construction notes:
High Road is worked in three sections, and each section is worked in a different direction. The center garter ridge section is worked first by casting on at the upper corner, working from side to side and turning the bottom corner with short rows, and casting off again at the opposite upper corner. The top stockinette section is picked up from the inner edges of the center garter ridge section and worked upwards, decreasing at the edges and center. Finally, the bottom edging is picked up from the outer edge of the center garter ridge section and is worked downwards, softly increasing in a garter and stockinette pattern to form a gentle ruffle.

Selvedge stitches (worked by slipping the final stitch of the row purlwise with yarn in front and then knitting the first stitch of each row through the back loop) give a smooth, neat edge to the center garter section and making picking up the stitches to work the upper and lower sections a breeze. These slipped stitches form a tidy, decorative ridge on the right side of the shawl.

385 yards / 352 meters sport weight (5-ply) yarn

Yarn shown:
1 skein A Verb for Keeping Warm Metamorphosis; 385 yds / 352 m per 4.06 oz / 115 g skein; 70% superwash merino, 30% silk

Notions needed:
US 6 / 4 mm 24” or 32” circular needle, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Skills needed:
cast on, bind off, knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, p2tog, ssp, cdd (centered double decrease), slip stitches, wrap and turn

tech editing: Laura Chau (cosmicpluto!)

errata in the Pro-Verbial club shipment pattern only - sorry for the inconvenience!

  • Rows 2 - 8 of both the Increase Corner and Decrease Corner sections of the Center Garter Ridge should end: k to last st, sl1 not k to end

  • When you begin Row 1 of the Bottom Edging, the RS is facing not WS