Autumn's Return by Stephanie Shiman

Autumn's Return

July 2019
Sport (12 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in ridged pattern stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
575 - 774 yards (526 - 708 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

I’ve always been fascinated with knitters that keep one project going at a time, following it through to completion before starting another. I, for better or worse, have a project going for every occasion. They’re the small, mindless portable knits that keep my fingers busy during things that require my brain’s attention. The complicated knits are for when I need to take a deep dive into knitting, my escape. There’s even emergency knitting that spends winters in the car with me, because if I get stuck in the snow at least I won’t be bored while I wait for a tow. (Thankfully that project has had very little progress made on it!)

This shawl encompasses the first two perfectly. It starts small, rhythmically mindless — but not boring — the ridges and eyelet rows keep your interest and mark progress. All the while foreshadowing the lace ending; that, while not overly complicated, requires your focus for the exciting finale.

The beginning of the fall season follows a similar pattern. It starts simply – just a hint of color in a tree here or there. The weather takes a little dip in temperature, the light begins to shift. Slowly, the colors of the leaves shift through greens, and reds, and golds until they are all ablaze with the return of autumn.

Width across top: 84 inches/213cm, not including tassels
Depth at center point: 30 inches/76cm

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