Creek Bed is an asymmetrical shawl whose textures remind me of the creek bottoms around my western Montana home. Creek Bed can be knit in two or three colors. Instructions are provided in both charts and written directions. This shawl is knit in a series of short row wedges. Each wedge is a different shape, creating an overall crescent that wraps nicely around your neck. The finished size is about 51” wide and 14” deep.
This is a fun shawl to knit. Once you get the hang of it, it is a social knit.
The pattern is written for fingering weight yarn. You will need two 100
g skeins of yarn in different colors. For the three-color shawl, an additional 10 g (~44 yards) of a third color is needed. Other yarn weights can be used but will require different amounts of yarn. The pattern shows two different shawls: one in Raven Ridge Fiber Arts Alight (50% Merino/50% Silk) and the other in Raven Ridge Fiber Arts Welcome (80% SW Merino/20% Nylon).
Skills Required: German Short Rows/Double Stitch (links to tutorials provided), ability to recognize knit and purl stitches in the previous row.
Lolo Shawl is named after the Lolo National Forest that surrounds my home in western Montana.
The shape of the shawl wraps easily and comfortably around your neck, and stays in place. The pattern is written for fingering weight yarn, but can easily be adapted for any weight yarn, including hand spun (Customer Gallery). This is a short-row shawl pattern that uses two colors of yarn, and is knit side to side, from point to point. It is all done in garter stitch. The pattern includes detailed instructions with many photos to explain how to do short-rows, and hints for changing yarn colors smoothly. It is appropriate for adventurous advanced beginners. The instructions are written, no chart.
Lolo Shawl is equally effective with 2 subtly different colors or 2 contrasting colors. The green shawl was knit with one skein of Lambent yarn and one skein of Welcome. The pink and grey shawl was knit with two skeins of Lambent. Suggested Yarns: Alight, Lambent, Welcome, Friendly, Graceful. Sample knit with Lambent and Welcome. Click here for details on these yarns, and here for colorways.
The pattern is easy to memorize, so this is a great project for travel or while watching TV or listening to audiobooks.
The finished shawl in fingering weight yarn measures ~32” across and 11” deep (red arrow). It uses 2 100g skeins of fingering weight yarn. Larger or smaller shawls and different yarn weights will require different quantities of yarn.
Libby’s Shawl is composed of three lacey triangles knit simultaneously from the top down. This creates a shawl that curves nicely around your neck and shoulders and stays in place whether worn open or wrapped more snugly.
The shawl is worked from a small tab at the center back/top, and worked outwards/down to the edge, making it easy to knit the shawl till you almost run out of yarn or until it is the size you want. The sample is worked in fingering weight yarn, but any weight yarn would work, though that would change how much yarn is needed. A single skein of fingering weight yarn created the sample shawl which is 14” deep, and 48” along the top edge, from wingtip to wingtip. The sample was knit with Lambent Yarn, but would also work well with Alight, Graceful, Welcome, and Friendly. Clickhere for details on these yarns, and here for colorways.
The pattern is charted, but includes written line-by-line instructions for the first few rows of the chart to get you started. The pattern is appropriate for intermediate and advanced knitters who can read a chart.
Special thanks to Evelyn A. Clark for her book, Knitting Lace Triangles (now available in a second edition), which inspired this shawl.
Retail Shops that carry Raven Ridge Fiber Arts yarns and fibers in their shops
(alphabetical by state)
Yarning For You, San Marcos, CA
KnitKnit, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Blue Flag Handweaving Studio, Sand Point, ID
Ewe and Brew, Meridian, ID
Knit Locally, Mongomery County, MD
Big Sky Fiber Arts, Great Falls, MT (online shop)
Joseph's Coat, Missoula, MT
Pam's Knit 'N Stitch, Great Falls, MT
Send it Home, West Yellowstone, MT
Sew Peaceful, Lewiston, MT
The Yarn Center, Hamilton, MT
Yarn Scout, Bozeman, MT
Off the Needles, Billings, MT
Wasatch and Wool, Park City, UT
Yarn Folk, Ellensburg, WA
Knit on Pearl, Jackson, WY
Twisted Thistle, Cheyenne, WY
Rhyolite Robin's Egg - On a recent trip Yellowstone National Park we saw a cliff along the Yellowstone River with blue streaks in it. I developed this colorway to reflect these robins egg blue streaks among the gray and tan rocky layers. Being a science-y kind of person, I consulted with a geologist friend and discovered that the rocks are rhyolite lava flows. The blue coloration is likely due to 'hydrothermal alteration' the upward percolation hot fluids over many thousands of years.
Wild Rose Colorway
Wild Rose - After a long cold snowy winter here in western Montana (2017), I yearned for a bright, warm, cheerful colorway. I knew this rose that my husband photographed on a hike late last spring to the Lewis and Clark Pass would be perfect. Wild roses like this one are common in moist areas like the small stream we followed through alpine meadows on our way to the pass.
Deep Forest Colorway
Deep Forest - In the forest, underneath the trees and in the thickets, are the secret places where creatures hide and plant growth and death proceed slowly. These places are dark and green and rich. As I walk quietly through the woods, I find myself caught up in the mystery of these deep dark places.
Beargrass – A dramatic plant in the Lily Family that blooms in the spring in the forest understory. The flowering stems grow waist-high and in some years, the forest is thick with these flowers – a stunning sight. These flowers were photographed near Lolo Peak outside of Lolo, MT.
Weathered Wood Colorway
Weathered Wood – In our area, old pine trees weather to a lovely silver-gray with golden tan highlights. The inspiration for this colorway is an old white-bark pine tree that died standing and is now home to woodpeckers and other hole-nesting creatures. My Weathered Wood Colorway is a warm neutral that works well by itself and in combination with other colors.
Spring Sapling - We had an early spring here in western Montana, and the long days and bright sunshine begged me to head out to the woods. The trees and saplings were bursting with new growth. Even the larches, deciduous conifers, were leafing out. I tried to capture the look of cheerful promise in this colorway. I hope it makes you smile.