Elven Woods by Susan Pandorf

Elven Woods

Knitting
June 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in lace patterrn (blocked)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1600 yards (1463 m)
one size - 100 inches wide x 37 inches long
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“The leaves were long, the grass was green,
The hemlock-umbels tall and fair,
And in the glade a light was seen
Of stars in shadow shimmering.
Tinuviel was dancing there
To music of a pipe unseen,
And light of stars was in her hair,
And in her raiment glimmering.
There Beren came from mountains cold,
And lost he wandered under leaves,
And where the Elven-river rolled.
He walked along and sorrowing.
He peered between the hemlock-leaves
And saw in wonder flowers of gold
Upon her mantle and her sleeves,
And her hair like shadow following.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Elven cloaks were given to all nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring, woven for them by Galadriel herself and her maidens. Each cloak had a hood, was fitted to its wearer, and was fastened by a green Elven brooch. Their color was hard to define – grey in twilight but green when moved or brown as fields or dusk-silver in the night. While they could not deflect a shaft or blade they acted as camouflage against unfriendly eyes.

As the Fellowship prepared to depart Lórien, the Galadhrim brought the cloaks to the travelers. Pippin asked if they were “magic cloaks”. The term confused the Elves, but they explained their properties, which seemed magical enough – they would hide the wearers, they were light, and warm or cool as needed.

Additional Materials:
3000 size 6 round seed beads

Sample knit with Madelinetosh Merino Light in Joshua Tree and Miyuki opaque matte olive rose beads (MY-06-2035)

Size 4 (US) circular needle 32 inch or longer (or to achieve gauge) One size larger for bind off.

3 markers, cable needle (if needed)

This shawl uses Faroese shaping. There is a center back panel and two identical side panels. The traditional shoulder shaping ensures it will hug your shoulders nicely. The side panels swoop down in front into dramatic (and very flattering) points. The shawl is a very generous size, as I wanted it to feel more like the Elven cloaks than a traditional shawl.

This pattern completes the Two Towers Series.