The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Mara Licole

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

June 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
530 - 550 yards (485 - 503 m)
One Size
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A rose is something beautiful. They need direct sun, proper water, rich soil, and exceptional care to bloom and grow to their best potential. A rose growing from a crack in the concrete is special but it will face immediate adversity. Its ability to bloom may be hindered and by most accounts it is unlikely to live a long life. This shawl is inspired by the poem written by Tupac Shakur and is intended to honor the many ROSES that have grown from a crack in the concrete and continue to defy the odds each day to live…to bloom…to make our world better just by existing. This pattern shines light on those ROSES that are often invisible to us as they struggle to bloom and grow in a world that often doesn’t support or believe in the possible success of such a feat. Let’s support each other …take care of each other… more importantly love each other.

The Rose That Grew From Concrete is knit side-to-side to create an easy to wear off-center triangle shape that can be styled many ways. Japanese style bobbles, relaxing stockinette, twisted stitch cables, and lace! Challenging but quick plus you will receive exclusive instruction on how to complete a matching slouchy beanie. Also, you’ll receive a chart and schematic in the pattern to provide helpful visual cues to supplement the written instructions.


  • quicker and cozier knit in DK weight
  • fun color changes
  • engaging textured lace section
  • modern off-center triangle shape for easier wear -- stays on your shoulders
  • perfect project to showcase artisanal yarns with interesting color patterns such as speckles
  • includes exclusive bonus project for those who purchased shawl pattern
  • pattern includes written instructions, charted instructions, and a schematic
  • you can find a video tutorial for the bobbles here: Tutorial


Yarn: 530-550 yards | 914 meters of DK weight yarn
I used all of the yardage to create the sample shawl. If you would like to knit additional repeats for a larger size shawl, you may need to purchase additional skeins

Sample Details:
La Bien Aimée Merino DK, 100% superwash merino; 252 yards | 230 meters per 115g skein.

shown in colors: 2 skeins of La Belle Epoque (MC), 1 skein of Winter (CC1) and 30g of 1 skein of Yellow Brick Road (CC2)

Needles: US 7 | 4.50 mm, 32” | 80 cm circular for knitting flat
take care to use a size that gives the suggested gauge or gauge you prefer.


  • cable needle or removeable stitch marker
  • 10 stitch markers – to separate lace repeats (optional)
  • 5.00 mm crochet hook – to create bobbles
  • waste yarn – to create lifelines (optional)
  • tapestry needle – to weave in ends

measurements taken over 4” | 10 cm, after blocking.
20 stitches and 24 rows in stockinette stitch

Sizes: one size, easily adjustable by adding additional or less repeats.

Finished Measurements:

  • Wingspan 77.5”| 197 cm
  • Depth 17” | 44 cm

For fit reference the model is approximately 5’ 3” | 162 cm tall

Happy knitting, from me to you! xo - mara licole

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