The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Mara Licole

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

June 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
530 - 550 yards (485 - 503 m)
One Size
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Can you imagine seeing a rose growing from a crack in the concrete? A rose growing from a crack in the concrete has to overcome immediate adversity. Breaking through concrete would surely leave behind damaged petals. It is likely that many people will see the rose growing from the concrete and doubt its potential to succeed. Others will not see the rose at all. Just consider the potential such a rose would have if it is seen, nurtured, and loved.

This design is inspired by the poem written by Tupac Shakur and is intended to celebrate the people (a.k.a. roses) that have grown from a crack in the concrete and continue to defy the odds each day as they struggle to bloom and grow. Our world is a better place because they exist. Let’s support each other, take care of each other, and (more importantly) love each other!

The Rose That Grew From Concrete is knit flat on the bias from the right cast-on to the left bind-off edge to create an easy-to-wear and modern off-center triangle shape.


  • shawl shaping
  • twisted stitches
  • cable patterning
  • lace stitches
  • Japanese-style bobbles
  • applied border


  • DK weight mean quick and cozy project
  • fun color changes
  • engaging texture and lace section
  • modern off-center triangle shape stays on your shoulders
  • showcase artisanal yarns
  • pattern includes written instructions, charted instructions, and a schematic
  • you can find a video tutorial for the bobbles here: Tutorial

For fit reference the model is approximately 5’ 3” | 162 cm tall

sizes: one size

wingspan: 77.5 in | 197 cm

depth: 17 in | 43 cm


estimated yardage:
You may need more or less yarn depending on your actual gauge and chosen fiber.

644 yards | 589 meters, DK weight
MC: 352 yards | 322 meters
CC1: 252 yards | 230 meters
CC2: 40 yards | 37 meters

yarn used for sample
La Bien Aimée Merino DK
100% superwash merino
252 yards | 230 meters per 115g skein.

shown in colors
La Belle Epoque (MC), Winter (CC1), and Yellow Brick Road (CC2)

recommended notions

  • cable needle
  • 10 stitch markers – optional, to separate lace repeats
  • 5 mm crochet hook – to create bobbles
  • waste yarn – optional, to create lifelines
  • tapestry needle – to weave in ends

Happy knitting, from me to you! xo - mara licole

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