loam by ash alberg


April 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
800 yards (732 m)
top edge: 84” (213.5cm); centre spine: 22” (56cm)
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if you’re interested in shawl design, please check out my online course! all level 2 students receive loam as part of their class papers.

rich and full of nourishment, loam carpets forest floors and releases its heavy scent with every footfall. made up of different soils and offering the best characteristics of each, this shawl mimics those qualities by playing with multiple popular techniques to create a gorgeous final product. use two different short-row techniques and multiple lace charts, plus a less common shaping construction to create a beautiful asymmetrical crescent shawl. speckled yarn tops it all off with fun flecks of colour, just like the flecks of natural elements create a nutritious loam!

looking for a flat-lay to reference the asymmetrical shape? check out the schematic included in the photos!

needles: US 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge

yarn: 800 yards (740 metres), 230g of fingering weight yarn
sample shown in julie asselin’s fino (75% merino/15% cashmere/10% silk, 400 yards 370 metres, 115g) x 2 skeins in savana

notions: tapestry needle, 4 stitch markers

gauge: 16 stitches x 26 rows = 4” (10cm), over stockinette, blocked