Autumn in Taos Shawl by Martha Sykes

Autumn in Taos Shawl

October 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, before blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
860 - 870 yards (786 - 796 m)
one size
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Designed in honor of the Taos, New Mexico, 35th annual Wool Festival, the Autumn in Taos shawl captures the colors of autumn in Taos – the bright yellow of the turning aspen leaves against the background of brilliant Taos blue sky and stark mountains, growing out of the burnt oranges and browns of the lower elevations. These colors are brought to life with the beautiful hand-dyed yarn used for the project – Palladio, a sumptious merino-cashmere-silk blend from Theodora’s Pearls by Jennifer Miller.

The crescent-shaped shawl starts with a ridged pattern in the rust-brown color. The aspen leaf color is added in stripes from which the slip stitch “stems” of the aspen leaves grow. The border is knitted on, with intarsia aspen leaves in a background of the sky color.

Size: The shawl is about 21” deep and 83” from tip to tip.

Gauge: 6 stitches and 8 rows to 1 inch in stockinette after blocking.

Needles: 32” or 40” circular in size 4

Yarn: About 865 yards of Palladio or other fingering weight yarn in 3 colors:
MC - Aztec Ruins (shawl body) - 220 yds
CC! - Egg Yolk (aspen leaf) -335 yds
CC2 - Navajo/Dine (leaf background) - 310 yds

Kits for the pattern in the original color way or the alternate color way can be purchased from:
The Longmont Yarn Shoppe
(303) 678-8242