Hraunfossar Stole by Janelle Martin

Hraunfossar Stole

November 2020
Lace ?
23 stitches and 31.5 rows = 4 inches
in Chart B, blocked
US 4 - 3.5 mm
480 - 1700 yards (439 - 1554 m)
Scarf (Medium Stole, Large Stole)
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The inspiration for the stitch patterns used in this design (especially the main body pattern) was Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets in Western Iceland. The name comes from the Icelandic word for lava (hraun) and the word for waterfalls (fossar).1

This shawl was originally designed in 2014 when I was knitter in residence at Shall We Knit. As happens sometimes, life gets in the way and the piece wasn’t finished until 2017 and now it’s 2020 - in some cases ideas need time. I’m so pleased to finally be able to share this design with you.

This pattern is the fourth release in Northern Landscape, Part 3. To learn more about the collection, scroll to the bottom of these notes.

Patterns in Northern Landscapes, part three are available individually or as part of collection. During the pre-order period, the ebook is available at a special, discounted price of $24.95. Over the next 12 to 18 months, the rest of the patterns will be published. Once all the patterns have been released individually, the eBook version of the patterns will be uploaded (tentatively release date - March 2022). At that time the price of the eBook rises to $35.95 (full retail price of the individual patterns is approximately $90).

The Northern Landscapes collection, part one is available here and Northern Landscapes collection, part two is available here.

Skills Required:

  • Picking up stitches
  • Working lace
  • Working an attached edging
  • Working with Charts or Written instructions
  • Blocking

Finished Size: Scarf (Medium Stole, Large Stole)
(blocked flat): 7 (18, 24)”/18 (46, 61) cm wide by 72 (72, 86)”/183 (183, 218.5) cm long

Other Tools:

  • Stitch markers - 4 (10, 14)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Unwaxed dental floss (for life-lines)
  • Blocking tools

Yarn: 480 (1,068, 1,701) yards/439 (977, 1,556) meters of plant fiber (preferably linen) blend light fingering weight yarn that knits up to 7 sts/inch.

Shown In:
Indigodragonfly ‘Linen Silk’, (715 yards/654 meters; 65% linen, 35% silk; 4.06 oz/115 grams per skein). 2 skeins in Türtljägr: For When Frögschläger Just Won’t Do.
Size: Custom - Medium stole width, Large stole length.

About the Collection:
During the summer of 2014, I traveled to Newfoundland, to the arctic coastal tundra region where the Vikings had the first European settlement in North America. Such gorgeous landscape! It’s inspired a collection focused around the landscape of this area of Newfoundland and its geological cousins in Iceland and coastal Ireland. I’ve been lucky enough to visit all three places over the past 15 years. I find the remote and stark landscapes inspiring – nature has such beautiful lines and movement.

During my visit to Newfoundland’s Great Northern Penninsula (the location of the first Viking settlement in North America) inspiration struck quite quickly and before the week was out, I had the core ideas for the Northern Landscapes collection. This accessory collection of 30-40 pieces focuses on shawls/stoles, scarves, hats, and cowls. I knew right away that the beautiful, natural colours and textures of Bare Naked Wools paired perfectly with this landscape. The collection also features indie dyers, focusing on colours drawn from the three landscapes.

The collection will be released in multiple parts and will be available as ebooks or individual patterns. Part one was published in August 2015, part two was published over 2016/17 and part three will be released throughout 2020/2021.

1 Patel, Samir S. (May–Jun 2017). “Blackner’s Cave”. Archaeology. 70 (3): 36. ISSN 0003-8113. Retrieved 9 July 2017 – via EBSCO’s Master File Complete (subscription required)