Raindrops on Roses by Christy Furlan

Raindrops on Roses

February 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
600 - 650 yards (549 - 594 m)
64” (162.5 cm) wingspan, 17.5” (44.5 cm) deep
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Raindrops on Roses is a crescent-shaped shawl inspired by the storms and blooms that spring brings (and The Sound of Music, one of my favorite musicals). This shawl is knit in two colors – one variegated yarn used to represent a field of flowers, and another more solid yarn used to represent gentle spring raindrops falling. The dreamy colors of the variegated yarn are showcased through simple, meditative stockinette stitch, while the beauty of the solid yarn is highlighted with garter stitch short rows and a picot bind-off forming traceries of raindrops.

Techniques Used with Tutorials Provided:
Garter Tab Cast-On
Short Rows
Picot Bind Off
Decrease Bind Off
Knit Cast On
Standard Bind Off

Pattern includes both written and charted instructions.

Yarns Used:
Main Color (MC):
Mon Sheep Shop Petits Pieds (Fingering; 75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 465 yards / 425 m per 100 g / 3.53 oz skein); 1 skein. Sample uses color Ignite Magic.
Contrast Color (CC): Mon Sheep Shop Fairy (Fingering; 75% Merino, 20% Nylon, 5% Stellina; 437 yards / 400 m per 100 g / 3.53 oz skein); 1 skein. Sample uses color Spreading Aroha.

US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needle.
A long circular needle (at least 40” 101.5 cm) is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches as the shawl grows.

MC: 465 yards / 425 meters
CC: 157 yards / 144 meters

21 sts / 34 rows = 4” (10 cm) square in Stockinette Stitch
23 sts / 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) square in Raindrops Stitch
Note: Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges can affect yardage and final measurements.

Other Notions: Stitch markers, yarn needle

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit to ensure that it is the best it can be!

All photographs of the original shawl as featured in the Fibre Muse Quarterly Dreamer 2018 issue are credited to Francoise Danoy.