Last Alaska-related post. I promise. (I can almost hear you now: Lolly… you have been back from nearly two weeks! Don’t you have other things to talk about?)
The Perseverance Trail is a network of trails that start right above the downtown area of Juneau – you can take various routes and reach the top of Mt. Roberts, climb up Mt. Juneau, or go in between the two to view some lovely waterfalls. We chose the last option – along with Alli and her doggies, we persevered and hiked the miles through some beautiful country. More wild berries. More scenic photo opps. More fun companionship.
Inspired by this wonderful day on the trails – and as a tribute to my time in Alaska – I knit a shawl. That’s what knitters do. And I am calling this shawl “Perseverance”.
Pattern: My own free design – on Ravelry!
Yarn: Cottage Craft 1-ply “Black Cherry” colorway
Needles: Size 4.0mm/US 6 24″ and 36″ circular needles
I think I need to knit a bright green version of this to properly display the colors of trail… but the structure is more what I was after… and I achieved it. The shape is a basic triangle, with textured stitches: basic stockinette, half-linen stitch, reverse stockinette, and garter stitch. I played with the idea of tiers – or switchbacks, as I think of them – to emulate the mountain structure of the shawl. And the increase ridge down the middle even resembles a waterfall!
Another stashbusting knit, I purchased this yarn in 2006. It’s a great 1-ply from a little outfit in New Brunswick called Cottage Craft. I used their 2-ply Maritime Blue colorway to make my Street Smart Hoodie, and it was a great yarn that has worn really well. I believe that this yarn will be the same. It was great to knit with, and it really shows off the half-linen stitch patterning. This pattern would work equally well in a drapey yarn, or one with some more heft. It’s very customizable! If you make one, please link to it on Ravelry so I can see the results!
…and if you want to make it, you can queue it up here – and download the pattern!
PS — So many thanks for your thoughtful comments on my “blogiversary” post the other day. Heartwarming and encouraging!