Aspen Roots by Amanda Leah Guthrie
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Aspen Roots

Knitting
May 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Unblocked Stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
750 - 1350 yards (686 - 1234 m)
Triangle, 3/4 Square
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This pattern is tech edited by Lisa Beth Houchins and test knit to ensure a quality knitting experience by seven wonderful knitters. Below are some test knitter comments.

From janm:

“I loved seeing the roots in the pattern emerge and grow and end in a leaf-like border. The pattern has fun and interesting techniques that are well-explained - and Amanda is very responsive. The pattern is clear and well documented- one of the best I’ve followed. I loved having stitch counts at the end of every row! I’ve been knitting for years and this is one of the most fun designs I’ve worked with.”

Inspiration
Aspen trees are a symbol of adaptation and resilience. In a ecosystem where mostly evergreen trees thrive, aspens developed traits that aid in their survival. With leaves that reduce wind damage to the trunk, to photosynthetic bark, and growing in groves with highly interconnected root systems, this tree is a symbol of grit.
Weaving, twisted cables support lacy leaves in this large, cozy shawl. The shawl serves as a reminder to stay in touch with your heritage and to foster connection, growing a support system around you.

Construction Notes
This shawl utilizes an icord cast on and is worked from the top down, with 4 increases every other row, continuing the icord down the edges. Work the triangular panels twice for a triangle shawl or three times for a 3/4 square shawl. Triangle construction is noted with 3/4 square shawl construction in parentheses: 2 (3) times. Markers are placed at the edges and between each panel to keep the piece organized. The shawl is finished with an icord bind off. The last three edge stitches are grafted together with 3 stitches from the icord bind off for a continuous icord edge. Due to the cable construction’s similarities to ribbing, the top edge will be curved until it is aggressively blocked.

Materials

  • Malabrigo Rios (100% Superwash Merino)
  • Worsted (10-ply) Weight, 210 yards (192 meters) / 3.53 ounces (100 grams) per skein
  • 4 (6) heavy skeins - samples photographed in the Fresco Y Seco colorway
  • 812 total yards / 743 total meters (1218 yards / 1114 meters) of worsted weight yarn
  • Individual yardage will vary based on gauge: Test knitters used from 760-1200 yards. If you knit loosely or do not check gauge, please make sure to have plenty of extra yarn.

Gauge

  • Stockinette on Larger Needles: 19 sts and 28 rows = 4” (10cm), unblocked
  • Cables on Larger Needles: 19 sts and 21 rows = 4” (10cm), aggressively blocked
  • Lace on Smaller Needles: 16 sts and 23 rows = 4” (10cm), aggressively blocked
  • To produce an open lace and soft, drapey fabric.
  • Pattern includes detailed swatching instructions, including swatch recipes for stockinette, the cabled section, and the lace section.

Needles

  • One 60” (150m) + circular needle in size needed to obtain stockinette gauge listed
  • One 60” (150cm) + circular needle in size 0.5mm smaller diameter than needle above
  • Suggested Sizes: US8 (5mm), US7 (4.5mm)

Dimensions

  • Center Back: 32” / 81cm
  • Triangle Shawl Wingspan: 67” / 170cm
  • Edges: 48” / 122cm
  • See schematic in photos

Tools

  • 3 (4) removable stitch markers
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Waste yarn for provisional cast on

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

Tutorials
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, all cables (with and without a cable needle), increases, decreases, icord bind off, and kitchener stitch.
Note: Due to illness, some of these videos are slightly delayed and will be available by June 1.


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