The Boone Valley Historic Railroad takes passengers on a scenic ride through the Des Moines river valley. The highlight of the excursion is when the train emerges from a thick tunnel of trees and out onto an open-side trestle bridge with a breathtaking view out over the treetops and hills in the valley below. It’s a vista I won’t soon forget and the inspiration for this shawl.
The wide spine with its elongated caliper cable is reminiscent of the train tracks, cutting through an asymmetric shawl patterned in a meandering Japanese lace, reminiscent of the tree-tops. The shape of the shawl is achieved with uneven increases on every right side row. The lace offers no rest for the weary, however, as the pattern is worked on both sides. Advanced beginners will find the pattern a fun challenge that grows their lace skills, and experienced knitters will enjoy a pattern that keeps their attention throughout while offering something new in the shaping.
70” (178 cm) wingspan and 35” (86 cm) depth after blocking
While the pattern offers one size, it can easily be modified by working fewer or more rows.
You will need approximately 1,148 yds [1,050m] of DK weight yarn. I recommend choosing a smooth yarn with little to no variation to give the lace stitches definition.
The sample was knit using Cloudborn Highland DK (100% Fine Highland Wool; 164 yds [150 m]/50 g): Stone Heather, 7 skeins.
Size US 5 (3.75 mm): 24” circular needle.
Stitch markers, removable stitch marker or cable needle, tapestry needle, wires and pins for blocking.
20 st x 24 rows = 4 in [10 cm] in St st.
21 sts x 18 rows = 4 in [10 cm] in Pattern st
About the Designer: Jenessa Keller
Jenessa designs patterns that allow you to focus on your creativity and bring beauty into your world. Her patterns help you learn new skills and gain confidence as a knitter.
She lives in rural Missouri with her husband and two children and takes inspiration for her designs from nature.
You can follow her knitting and designing on Instagram @just_1_more_thing and find more designs like this at ravelry.com/designers/jenessa-keller