Mountain Snowmelt by Amanda Leah Guthrie

Mountain Snowmelt

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May 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Unblocked Stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
900 - 1100 yards (823 - 1006 m)
One Size
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High in the Rocky Mountains mountains, discover snow compressed and hardened by its own weight. As it slowly melts, it finds its way into streams and rivers. Here in Colorado, snowpack is a valuable resource for drinking water and avoiding drought-induced wildfires. Come spring, the streams and rivers fill a little more, and the closer to a mountain top you can climb, the clearer the water gets. Crisp, refreshing, and cold, this water brings life with it down into the plains.
This shawl is an ode to water’s properties in its many forms, from snowpack to snowmelt to life-sustenance. Wade through deep snowpack with the shawl body’s alternating ribbed pattern, and float down a mountain with an applied border of a stream of cabled snowmelt. Short rows create a symmetrical cabled heart on the center point of the shawl border, a reminder to be grateful for clean, drinkable water.

Construction Notes : See Schematic for Reference
This shawl is cast on (1) with an icord cast on and is then worked top-down (2) with 4 increases alongside the stitch patterns every other row to fill out the body.

An icord cast on (3) is used to continue the icord and create stitches for the border, which is worked as an applied edging (4), binding off 1 stitch every 2 rows. A short row corner is worked at the bottom center point of the shawl (5) before continuing with the applied border.

The shawl is finished with an icord bind off. The last 3 body stitches are grafted together with 3 stitches from the icord bind off for a continuous icord edge (6).


  • Malabrigo Rios (100% Superwash Merino)
  • Worsted (10-Ply) Weight, 210 yards (192 meters) / 3.53 ounces (100 grams) per skein
  • 5 skeins - samples photographed in the Aquamarine colorway
  • 1000 total yards / 914 total meters of worsted weight yarn
  • Individual yardage will vary based on gauge: Test knitters used from 1060-1260 yards. If you knit loosely or do not check gauge, please make sure to have plenty of extra yarn.


  • Stockinette: 19 sts and 28 rows = 4” (10cm), unblocked
  • Snowpack: 16 sts and 22 rows = 4” (10cm), blocked
  • Snowmelt: 31 sts and 27 rows = 4” (10cm), blocked (Not recommended for gauge)
  • To produce raised cables and an open ribbing.
  • Pattern includes detailed swatching instructions, including swatch recipes for stockinette, the body fabric, and the border fabric.


  • One 60” (150cm) + circular needle in size needed to obtain stockinette gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: US8 (5mm)


  • Center Back: 33.5” / 85cm
  • Wingspan: 66” / 168cm
  • See schematic in photos


  • 4 removable stitch markers
  • 2 cable needles or alternatives
  • Tapestry needle
  • Waste yarn for provisional cast on

Invisible provisional cast on, icord tab cast on, knitting flat, right-side cables, increasing and decreasing, icord bind off, blocking.
Optional Techniques :Reading charts.

Written tutorials are included for the icord tab cast on, invisible provisional cast on, kitchener stitch, and troubleshooting information for the icord cast on and borders.

Video tutorials are included for the icord tab cast on, invisible provisional cast on, cables and alternatives (with and without a cable needle if small enough), increases, decreases, icord bind off, and kitchener stitch.

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