The Road I Took by Dieuwke Schack-Mulligen

The Road I Took

September 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
US 9 - 5.5 mm
541 yards (495 m)
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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

    Robert Frost – The Road Not Taken

My favorite poem is ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost. The yarn used for this shawl, Rainbow Heirloom Brit Aran in the September 2015 Nostalgia Club colorway ‘Winding Road’, combined with this poem, was my main inspiration.

The shawl is worked from the bottom up, starting with the point, increasing on every row. The winding road pattern is added with the increases and maintained throughout the shawl as you shape the triangle.

Yarn: Rainbow Heirloom Brit Aran (100% Bluefaced Leicester), 165 meters / 180 yards per 100g, 3 skeins. Colourway: “Winding Road”.

Needles: 5.5 mm / US 9 circulars, 80 cm / 32 inches in order to accommodate a large number of sts.

Gauge: Sample uses gauge of 14 sts & 26 rows to 10 cm / 4 inches in slanting diagonal stitch pattern. Gauge is not crucial, as you will be binding off when you have a small amount of yarn left, but please note that difference in gauge may affect the final size.

Width from tip to tip: 252 cm / 99.25 inches.
Depth at center point: 59 cm / 23.25 inches.

This pattern has been tech edited and tested. A big thanks to everyone involved!