Forest Among the Trees Shawl

This shawl is perfect for a walk through the woods on an autumnal evening. The shawl is worked from the bottom up starting with a garter stitch border and merging into slip stitch tree motifs.

Skill Level: Advanced

Size: 50’ by 19’ (128 cm by 48cm). See Schematic for details

Gauge: 18 sts and 38 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.

Materials

Yarn:

Super Fine Weight Yarn Life in the Long Grass 4ply/ Sock (100% Superwash Merino; 437 yards [400 meters]/100 grams): Moonlit, 1 Skein.

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm): straight or 60” circular, or size needed to get correct gauge

Notions: 6 Markers; tapestry needle

Abbreviations

RS: right side
WS: Wrong side
Pm: place marker
Sm: slip marker
LHN: left hand needle
RHN: Right hand needle
CN: Cable Needle
PUK: Pick up and knit
Sl: slip
Sl wyif: Sl st with yarn in front: bring yarn to front, slip stitch- p-wise, bring yarn to back of work.
St(s): stitch(es)

m-1: Make 1 st: Pick up bar between sts from the front with LN needle and K through back.

Special Stitches

T2F: Sl next st onto cn, hold in front, purl next st, knit st from cn.
T2B: Sl next st onto cn, hold in back, knit next st, purl st from cn.

T3F: Sl next st onto cn, hold in front, purl next 2 sts, knit st from cn.
T3B: Sl next 2 sts onto cn, hold in back, knit next st, purl 2 sts from cn.

CDD (centred double decrease): Sl 2 sts together knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitches over – dec 2 sts.

SR (Short Row Shaping): With WS is facing, bring yarn to the front, sl st pwise and bring yarn up, over and back to pull on the slipped stitch until it slides around to show two legs. Keeping the yarn at the back in order to knit next st while keeping the tension. When working the stitch, the next time you meet it, work the “doubled stitch” as if it were one – that is, work the two legs together. Note: I used the German method of creating short rows in the shawl – use whichever method you prefer. If you are working the “wrap and turn”, work this at the turning point, and ignore the “SR” instruction at the start of the following row. And then work the wrapped stitches together with their wraps as you come to them.

As you are working in garter stitch, the wraps don’t need to be hidden as they will blend in.

Icelandic Bind off: *With right hand needle, reach through first st pwise, catch front loop of 2nd st and pull 2nd st through first st, knit this stitch, dropping 2nd stitch off the needle as you do so, sl st just worked back to left hand needle; rep from * until 1 st remain. Cut yarn and pull through last st.

Tree Pattern

Right Hand Side Panel (Centre Panel, Left Hand Side Panel)

Row 1 (RS): P14, (k1, p7, sl 1, p7, k1, p3) twice, (k1, p3) twice, sl1, (p3, k1) 3 times, p7, sl1, p7, k1, p14 – 105 (105, 105) sts.
Row 2 (WS): K14, sl 1 wyif, k7, p1, k7, (sl 1 wyif, k3) 3 times, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k3, (sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k7, p1, k7) twice, sl 1 wyif, k14.
Row 3: P14 (13, 13), (T3F, p5, sl 1, p5, T3B, p3) twice, (T3F, p1) twice, sl 1, (p1, T3B) twice, p3, T3F, p5, sl 1, p5, T3B, p13 (13, 14) – (104 (103, 104) sts.
Row 4: K15 (15, 16), sl 1 wyif, k5, p1, k5, sl 1 wyif, k7, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k3, (sl 1 wyif, k7, sl 1 wyif, k5, p1, k5) twice, sl 1 wyif, k16 (15, 15).

Row 5: P14 (12, 12), k1, p1, T3F, p3, sl 1, p3, T3B, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, T3F, p3, sl 1, p3, T3B, p1, k1, p5, T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p5, k1, p1, T3F, p3, sl 1, p3, T3B, p1, k1, p12 (12, 14) – (103 (101, 103) sts.
Row 6: K12 (12, 14), (sl 1 wyif, k3) twice, p1, (k3, sl 1 wyif) twice, k7, sl 1 wyif, k3, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k7, (sl 1 wyif, k3) twice, p1, (k3, sl 1 wyif) 4 times, k3, p1, (k3, sl 1 wyif) twice, k14, (12, 12).
Row 7: P14 (11, 11), (T3F, p1) twice, sl 1, (p1, T3B) twice, p3, (T3F, p1) twice, sl 1, (p1, T3B) twice, p5, k1, p1, T3F, p1, sl 1, p1, T3B, p1, k1, p5, (T3F, p1) twice, sl 1, (p1, T3B) twice, p11 (11, 14) – 102 (99, 102) sts.
Row 8: K13 (13, 16), (sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k7) 3 times, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k16 (13, 13).
Row 9: P14 (10, 10), k1, p1, T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p1, k1, p5, T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p5, k1, p1, T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p1, k1, p10 (10, 14) – 101 (97, 101) sts.
Row 10: K10 (10, 14), (sl 1 wyif, k3) twice, p1, (k3, sl 1 wyif) twice, k7, sl 1 wyif, k3, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k7, (sl 1 wyif, k3) twice, p1, (k3, sl 1 wyif) 4 times, k3, p1, (k3, sl 1 wyif) twice, k14.
Row 11: P14 (9, 9), (T3F, p1) twice, sl 1, (p1, T3B) twice, p3, (T3F, p1) twice, sl 1, (p1, T3B) twice, p6, k1, T3F, p1, sl 1, p1, T3B, p7, (T3F, p1) twice, sl 1, (p1, T3B) twice, p9 (9, 14) – 100 (95, 100) sts.
Row 12: K11 (11, 16), sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k8, sl 1 wyif, k2, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k2, sl 1 wyif, k8, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k7, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k16, (11, 11).
Row 13: P16 (10, 10), T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p5, k1, p1, T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p1, k1, p6, T2F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T2B, p8, T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p10, (10, 16) – 99 (93, 99) sts.
Row 14: K12 (12, 18), sl 1 wyif, k3, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k15, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k7, (sl 1 wyif, k3) twice, p1, (k3, sl 1 wyif) twice, k7, sl 1 wyif, k3, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k18 (12, 12).
Row 15: P16 (9, 9), k1, p1, T3F, p1, sl 1, p1, T3B, p1, k1, p5, (T3F, p1) twice, sl 1, (p1, T3B) twice, p7, T2F, p2, sl 1, p2, T2B, p9, k1, p1, T3F, p1, sl 1, p1, T3B, p1, k1, p9 (9, 16) – 98 (91, 98) sts.
Row 16: K9 (9, 16), sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k10, sl 1 wyif, k2, p1, k2, sl 1 wyif, k10, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k7, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k16 ( 9, 9).
Row 17: P16 (8, 8), T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p7, T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p10, T2F, p1, sl 1, p1, T2B, p10, T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p8 (8, 16) – 97 (89, 97) sts.
Row 18: K10 (10, 18), sl 1 wyif, k3, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k13, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k13, sl 1 wyif, k3, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k11, sl 1 wyif, k3, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k18 (10, 10).
Row 19: P17 (8, 8), k1, T3F, p1, sl 1, p1, T3B, k1, p8, k1, p1, T3F, p1, sl 1, p1, T3B, p1, k1, p11, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p12, k1, T3F, p1, sl 1, p1, T3B, k1, p8 (8, 17) – 96 (87, 96) sts.
Row 20: K8, (8, 17), sl 1 wyif, k2, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k2, sl 1 wyif, k14, p1, k13, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k8, sl 1 wyif, k2, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k2, sl 1 wyif, k17, (8,8).
Row 21: P17 (7, 7), T2F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T2B, p8, T3F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T3B, p13, sl 1, p14, T2F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T2B, p7 (7, 17) – 95 (85, 95) sts.
Row 22: K8 (8, 18), sl 1 wyif, k3, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k15, p1, k15, sl 1 wyif, k3, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k11, sl 1 wyif, k3, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k18 (8, 8).
Row 23: P18 (7, 7), T2F, p2, sl 1, p2, T2B, p10, k1, T3F, p1, sl 1, p1, T3B, k1, p30, T2F, p2, sl 1, p2, T2B, p7 (7, 18) – 94 (83, 94) sts.
Row 24: K8 (8, 19), sl 1 wyif, k2, p1, k2, sl 1 wyif, k31, sl 1 wyif, k2, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k2, sl 1 wyif, k11, sl 1 wyif, k2, p1, k2, sl 1 wyif, k19 (8, 8).
Row 25: P19 (7, 7), T2F, p1, sl 1, p1, T2B, p11, T2F, p1, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p1, T2B, p31, T2F, p1, sl 1, p1, T2B, p7 (7, 19) – 93 (81, 93) sts.
Row 26: K8 (8, 20), sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k33, sl 1 wyif, k3, p1, k3, sl 1 wyif, k13, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k20 (8, 8).
Row 27: P20 (7, 7), T2F, sl 1, T2B, p13, T2F, p2, sl 1, p2, T2B, p33, T2F, sl 1, T2B, p7 (7, 20) – (92 (79, 92) sts.
Row 28: K9 (9, 22), p1, k36, sl 1 wyif, k2, p1, k2, sl 1 wyif, k16, p1, k22 (9, 9).
Row 29: P22 (8, 8), sl 1, p16, T2F, p1, sl 1, p1, T2B, p36, sl 1, p8 (8, 22) – 91 (77, 91) sts.
Row 30: K8 (8, 22), p1, k37, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1, k1, sl 1 wyif, k17, p1, k22 (8, 8).
Row 31: P40 (25, 25), T2F, sl 1, T2B, p45 (45, 60) – 90 (75, 90) sts.
Row 32: K47 (47, 62), p1, k42 (27, 27).
Row 33: P42 (26, 26), sl 1, p46 (46, 62).
Row 34: Knit.

Pattern Notes

The shawl is worked from the bottom up. Starting with a garter stitch border, merging into slip stitch tree motifs, in varying heights on a reverse stockinette stitch background before adding depth with garter stitch short rows while decreasing in width.

Pattern

Garter Stitch Edging

CO 293 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K283, turn work.
Row 2 (WS): SR, k272, turn.
Row 3: SR, k262, turn.
Row 4: SR, k252, turn.
Row 5: SR, k242, turn.
Row 6: SR, k232, turn.
Row 7: SR, k222, turn.
Row 8: SR, k212, turn.
Row 9: SR, k202, turn.
Row 10: SR, k192, turn.
Row 11: SR, k182, turn.
Row 12: SR, k172, turn.

Work next 2 rows in Garter St, pick up and knit all wraps.

Inc Row (WS): K3, pm, *k5, (m1, k9) 10 times, pm, sl1, pm; rep from * once more, k5, (m1, k9) 10 times, pm, k3 – 323 sts.

Stitch Panels

Work from charts or written instructions.

Row 1 (RS): K3, sm, work Right Hand Side Panel, sm, k1, sm, work Centre Panel, sm, k1, sm, work Left Hand Side Panel, sm, k3.
Setup Rows 2: K3, sm, work Left Hand Side Panel, sm, sl1 wyif, sm, work Centre Panel, sm, sl1 wyif, sm, work Right Hand Side Panel, sm, k3.
Setup Row 3: K3, sm, work Right Hand Side Panel, remove marker, CDD, remove marker, work Centre Panel, remove marker, CDD, remove marker, Left Hand Side Panel, sm, k3 – 319 sts.
Row 4: K3, sm, work Left Hand Side Panel, sl1 wyif, work Centre Panel, sl1 wyif, Right Hand Side Panel, sm, k3.

Rep last 2 rows 15 times more – 259 sts.

Next Row: K3, sm, p88, CDD, p71, CDD, p88, sm, k3 – 255 sts.
Next Row: K3, sm, k88, sl1 wyif p71, sl1 wyif, p88, sm, k3.
Next Row: K3, sm, p87, CDD, p69, CDD, p87, sm, k3 – 251 sts.
Next Row: K3, sm, k87, sl1 wyif p69, sl1 wyif, p87, sm, k3.
Next Row: K3, sm, p86, CDD, p67, CDD, p86, sm, k3 – 247 sts.
Next Row: K3, sm, k86, sl1 wyif p67, sl1 wyif, p86, sm, k3.
Next Row: K3, sm, p85, CDD, p65, CDD, p85, sm, k3 – 243 sts.
Next Row: K3, sm, k85, sl1 wyif p65, sl1 wyif, p85, sm, k3.

Garter Stitch Short Rows Section

Switch from Reverse St st to Garter St, continuing to dec 4 sts every other row along the spines while at the same time working short rows across the back of the shawl.

Row 1: K87, CDD, k63, CDD, k77, turn work – 229 sts.
Row 2: SR, k76, sl1 wyif, k63, sl1 wyif, k77, turn work – 219 sts.
Row 3: SR, k75, CDD, k61, CDD, k66, turn work – 205 sts.
Row 4: SR, k65, sl1 wyif, k61, sl1 wyif, k66, turn work – 195 sts.
Row 5: SR, k64, CDD, k59, CDD, k55, turn work – 181 sts.
Row 6: SR, k54, sl1 wyif, k59, sl1 wyif, k55, turn work – 171 sts.
Row 7: SR, k53, CDD, k57, CDD, k44, turn work – 157 sts.
Row 8: SR, k43, sl1 wyif, k57, sl1 wyif, k44, turn work – 147 sts.
Row 9: SR, k42, CDD, k55, CDD, k33, turn work – 133 sts.
Row 10: SR, k32, sl1 wyif, k55, sl1 wyif, k33, turn work – 123 sts.
Row 11: SR, k31, CDD, k53, CDD, k22, turn work – 109 sts.
Row 12: SR, k21, sl1 wyif, k53, sl1 wyif, k22, turn work – 99 sts.
Row 13: SR, k20, CDD, k51, CDD, k11, turn work – 85 sts.
Row 14: SR, k10, sl1 wyif, k51, sl1 wyif, k11, turn work – 75 sts.
Row 15: SR, k9, CDD, k49, turn work – 60 sts.
Row 16: SR, k48, turn work – 50 sts.
Row 17: SR, k39, turn work – 40 sts.
Row 18: SR, k29, turn work – 30 sts.
Row 19: SR, k19, turn work – 20 sts.
Row 20: SR, k9, turn work – 10 sts.
Row 21: SR, k to 1 st before spine, CDD, k to end of row.
Row 22: (K to spine, sl 1 st wyif) twice, k to end of row – 211 sts.
Rep Short Row wedge once more as before:
Row 23: SR, k78, CDD, k47, CDD, k69, turn work – 197 sts.
Row 24: SR, k68, sl1 wyif, k47, sl1 wyif, k69, turn work – 187 sts.
Row 25: SR, k67, CDD, k45, CDD, k58, turn work – 173 sts.
Row 26: SR, k57, sl1 wyif, k45, sl1 wyif, k58, turn work – 163 sts.
Row 27: SR, k56, CDD, k43, CDD, k47, turn work – 149 sts.
Row 28: SR, k46, sl1 wyif, k43, sl1 wyif, k47, turn work – 139 sts.
Row 29: SR, k45, CDD, k41, CDD, k36, turn work – 125 sts.
Row 30: SR, k35, sl1 wyif, k41, sl1 wyif, k36, turn work – 115 sts.
Row 31: SR, k34, CDD, k39, CDD, k25, turn work – 101 sts.
Row 32: SR, k24, sl1 wyif, k39, sl1 wyif, k25, turn work – 91 sts.
Row 33: SR, k23, CDD, k37, CDD, k14, turn work – 77 sts.
Row 34: SR, k13, sl1 wyif, k37, sl1 wyif, k14, turn work – 67 sts.
Row 35: SR, k12, CDD, k35, CDD, k3, turn work – 53 sts.
Row 36: SR, k3, sl1 wyif, k35, sl1 wyif, k3, turn work – 43 sts.
Row 37: SR, k1, CDD, k34, turn work – 37 sts.
Row 38: SR, k26, turn work – 27 sts.
Row 39: SR, k16, turn work – 17 sts.
Row 40: SR, k6, turn work – 7 sts.
Row 41: SR, k to 1 st before spine, CDD, k to end of row.

Row 42: (K to spine, sl1 wyif) twice, k to end of row – 165 sts.

Finishing

BO all sts using Icelandic Bind Off method.

Weave in all ends and block to dimensions.yarn ball

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Comments
  • I love your shawl! I have some green hand paint it would be perfect to knit. My only concern is that I have a hard time following extensive patterns written without a chart due to my vision. It is SO lovely though, I may have to try 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing it!

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