Mountain Song by Megan Gonzalez

Mountain Song

Knitting
September 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
750 - 1305 yards (686 - 1193 m)
1 (2, 3, 4) (5, 6, 7, 8)
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“And he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” J.R.R. Tolkein, The Hobbit.

Mountains, tall and watchful, immovable and majestic, were the inspiration behind sweater. From the red Diablo Range ringing San Fransisco to the resonant mountain song that inspired a hobbit to go adventuring, this sweater embodies their strength and grace. A ring of peaks circle the yoke. And like the reflection of a mountain on a lake in the valley, those peaks double down, pointing toward the body.

This mountain motif is knit in simple 1/1 cables, easy to cross without a cable needle for faster working. The cropped body has optional shaping to hug your waist for a flattering silhouette with long and 3/4-length sleeve options. Like the silhouette of a mountain against a darkening sky, the sweater is simple yet stunning.

Size
1 (2, 3, 4) (5, 6, 7, 8)

Finished Bust Circumference: 32 (36, 40, 44) (48, 52, 56, 60)”/ 81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112) (122, 132, 142, 152.5) cm

Gauge
21 sts & 31 rounds = 4”/10 cm in stockinette, using the larger needle, after blocking.
2 motifs; 32 sts = 5”/12.5 cm & 42 rows = 5.25”/13 cm, using the largest needle

Want a working gauge “swatch”? Try the Mountain Melody hat!

Yarn
750 (810, 895, 975) (1095, 1150, 1230, 1305) yds/685 (740, 820, 890) (1000, 1050, 1125, 1195) m - DK weight yarn

Suggested Yarn
Blue Sky Alpaca Skyland (40% Fine Highland Wool / 30% Baby Alpaca / 30% Silk) 210 yds/192 m, 100 g/3.5 oz – 4 (4, 5, 5) (6, 6, 6, 7) skeins of No. 2408 Red Sky

Note: Yarn estimates are for ¾-length sleeves with waist shaping. For long sleeves, add about 10% more yarn. To omit waist shaping, add about 15% more yarn. And remember, these are estimates only! Yardage can be effected by fiber, twist, ply, and so much more.

Needle & Notions
US 7/4.50 mm – 40”/100 cm and 32”/80 cm and DPNs or Magic Loop – preferred method of small circumference knitting (or needles needed to obtain gauge!)
US 6/4.00 mm - 32”/80 cm and DPNs or Magic Loop
Stitch markers, tapestry needle, cable needle (optional).

Techniques to Indulge In
Tubular CO
1/1 Ribbing
Lifted Increase
1/1 cables
Waist shaping (optional)
Tubular BO

This pattern has been tech edited and tested!