Mountain Musings by Lisa K. Ross

Mountain Musings

Knitting
August 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1300 - 1750 yards (1189 - 1600 m)
One Size (67"/170cm x 24"/61cm)
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There are few places on earth that can rival the beauty of the mountains, and the sense of wonder that can be felt simply by looking at them. Originally designed as a mystery, this wrap is an exciting adventure intended to capture that spirit! It will challenge you at times, but will hopefully thrill and inspire you as well. This wrap is a breath of fresh air filled with the beauty of nature at every turn. You’ll explore new terrain, play with familiar stitches in new ways, and will hopefully be delighted by a few surprises along the way. This pattern will guide you through the verdant landscapes, with tutorial videos and tips and tricks to increase your skills. The mountains are calling… let’s cast on!

What to expect:

  • slip-stitch knitting
  • lace
  • elongated and/or unique stitches
  • frequent color changes
  • eyelets
  • unique construction

Rest easy! All techniques with charts also include written instructions. I’ve created tutorial videos to guide you through any new techniques. There is NOT any stranded colorwork, short rows, or brioche. This design is intended for intermediate knitters, but could be suitable for an adventurous beginner.

Finished dimensions:
67”/170cm x 24”/61cm

Mountaineering Supplies:
Needles:
US 5 (3.75mm) needles (or as required to meet gauge); 40”/100cm AND 24”/60cm length recommended AND one of the following options for small circumference knitting:
Double-pointed needles (DPNs)
1 additional set of circular needles of 24”/60cm (or similar length)
One long circular of 40”/100cm (or similar length) for Magic Loop

Gauge:
BLOCKED: 20 sts and 40 rows = 4”/10cm in garter stitch after wet-blocking and pinning
UNBLOCKED: 24 sts and 48 rows = 4”/10cm in garter stitch before blocking
(NOTE: Gauge is not crucial, but it will affect finished dimensions and yardage)

Notions:
Required: 8 stitch markers, crochet hook of similar size to gauge needles, tapestry needle, method for putting stitches on hold (such as an extra cable, needles of equal or smaller gauge, or scrap yarn)
Optional: 34 stitch markers (for repeats), blocking wires, pins, and mats

Yarn Requirements:
MC: 800yds / 732m fingering weight yarn
C1-7: 130yds / 120m fingering weight yarn in EACH of 7 colors

The sample for this design uses Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in ‘Beanstalk’ (MC) and ‘Mountain Musing’ minis (C1-C7), though other dyers have created kits to give you LOTS of options (see the full list here). This project also works great with stash and leftover yarns! Included is a section on ‘Curating Your Own Kit’ with suggestions for compiling your own palette.

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