Troll Forest (Troldeskov) Shawl
The original shawl has now moved to its final home. My dear friend, Tammy, was diagnosed with cancer many years ago. She was given a year, but lived seven. She fought very hard. In October, I handed her the shawl and explained that she was my friend, she was someone I looked up to immensely, and that she deserved this shawl more than anyone.
On December 30, 2010, Tammy passed away, surrounded by her husband and her two children. She will be greatly missed.
In the country of Denmark, there are several forests with distinctive trees, called Troll Forests, Troldeskoven. The trees are old and knotted, their branches twisting whimsically in all directions. One particular Troldeskov, near Jels in southern Jutland, was my absolute favourite. There was one tree that bent right upside down and then reached for the sky again, forming a perfect circle.
For a young child, it was as if the forest was magical. Completely silent and still, one could hear the birds singing, examine all kinds of squishy little creatures, watch the sun filter through the leaves and peer through the spiraling trees for signs of the trolls who lived there.
Several years ago, a hurricane swept through Denmark, felling 80% of her forests. My forest was decimated. On a recent trip, I went to see what was standing of the Troldeskov. I was sad to see that it was dying, slowly being replaced by commercial tree farms.
This shawl is inspired by my memories.
Troll Forest (Troldeskov) is a pattern best suited for someone who has previously knit lace. The shawl elements, while dependent on each other, are not dependent on stitch count, so the shawl can easily be made larger or smaller. This pattern is heavily charted, so experience reading charts is recommended.
This shawl was originally released for sale in December 2009. All sales of the pattern previous to September 2010 are going directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
This shawl raised over $300 for cancer research. Thank you, everyone!
Erratta: (All errata have been corrected in the online PDF)
On Row 2, Increase Chart 2, the correct increase stitch should be Purl f, b, f into the stitch, rather than Purl f, b, f, b, f.
Row 9, Body Chart 2, no double decrease. Only a regular knit stitch.
Row 11, Increase Chart 2, double decrease for stitch seven (not knit).
Rows 1 and 3 of Edging Body Chart are missing a K2tog before the first YO. These rows are identical to rows 1 and 3 of Body Chart 2.
Increase Edging Chart, Row 2 should be Purl f, b, f into the stitch instead of purl f, b, f, b, f into the stitch.