Ritchie Shawl by SweaterFreak

Ritchie Shawl

Knitting
September 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1100 - 1200 yards (1006 - 1097 m)
Length tip to tip: 72", Width: 19.5"
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Ritchie is a parallelogram shaped wrap, knit seamlessly. It starts top-down and end up bottom-up! Combining innovative construction mosaic slipped stitch, texture and relaxing Garter, it is sure to please you on long fall evenings by the fire!

The pattern is easy to follow, including charts only for the mosaic sections. Don’t know how to read charts? No problem! I have recorded a MOSAIC primer tutorial for you here - once you try it, there is no going back, it is that easy! Mosaic stitch uses only ONE color per row, resulting in stunning colorwork effects, win win!:)

YARN
Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes
2 skeins(800yards) of MC(main color) and 1 skein(400yards) of CC(contrast color)
Samples uses Daguerrotype as MC and Pewter as CC

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Length tip to tip: 72”
Width: 19.5”

NOTIONS
Tapestry needle, markers

NEEDLES
US#4/3.50mm - 24”/60cm

TOOLS
Tapestry needle, markers

GAUGE
22sts per 4” in Garter Stitch post blocking with US#4/3.50mm

INSPIRATION
Dennis Ritchie, who wrote the infamous C language and Unix OS(together with Ken Thompson) died within a week of Steve Jobs. It struck me as odd that given the importance of his inventions, his death got barely any coverage.
You may not know this but, everything we use in software and technology today either uses Dennis’s inventions or derives from them. Windows and Apple OS, Linux, most sites on the web and software you use are written in C based languages. His impact is truly gigantic!

When I sat down to design this shawl, the mosaic stitch and the colors reminded me of the Boolean true/false concept and the idea to dedicate it to Dennis Ritchie was born!

For more information, see
https://sweaterfreak.com/b/ritchie-shawl