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Pattern Release: Spring Mountain Stole

October 16, 2017: I’m heartbroken over the devastation caused by the fires in Northern California. Please click here to learn about how you can help.

Here’s the Spring Mountain Stole! As for the companion shawl, Atlas Peak, I wanted to choose a mountainous name to tie in with the feather-evoking two-colored cable pattern and the peaked merge into the cabled section. It’s always exciting to see raptors overhead!

Did you know that there’s a company, Authentic Abatement, that rents out birds of prey to scare off non-native berry-eating birds?

The Spring Mountain appellation has been the site of two of our favorite and most memorable wine tasting experiences (both at Fantesca, including tastings of Fantesca wines and La Sirena wines). Lush, rich Cabs and Cab blends are the highlight here.

The shawl is worked in one piece from the bottom up, with stranded portions on either end of the textured center.

One size (can be easily altered)

Finished Measurements as shown
Length: 85¼” / 217 cm
Width: 15½” / 39.5 cm

MC: Sunday Knits Nirvana 5 ply, 92% select fine Australian merino / 8% premium Mongolian cashmere (137 yds / 125 m per 50g), 6 skeins, shown in Earth. Actual yardage: 715 yds / 654 m
CC: Sunday Knits Angelic 5 ply, 75% extra-fine Australian merino / 25% ultra soft French angora (137 yds / 125 m per 50g), 2 skeins, shown in Sky. Actual yardage: 165 yds / 151 m

US5 / 3.75 mm or size to obtain gauge for cabled, stranded pattern
US6 / 4 mm or size to obtain gauge for Spot Stitch pattern

27 sts and 26 rows = 4” / 10 cm in cabled, stranded pattern
18 sts and 21 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Spot Stitch pattern

yarn needle, cable needle

cabling, stranding, reading charts


Pattern Release: Tafoni Shawl

This lovely light fingering weight shawl, worked as a wedge , incorporates an Aran lace and geometric side edging, with a lacy textured body. The versatile shape can be worn a variety of ways!

One Size (Easy to alter size)

Finished Measurements
Height (from cast on to last row, along edging): 64” / 162.5 cm
Top Edge: 16” / 40.5 cm
See Schematic for more details

Dragonfly Fibers Dharma, 50% yak / 50% mulberry silk (480 yds / 439 m per 4 oz / 113 g), 1 skein of Dragonberry. As shown shawl used approx 442 yds / 404 m.

US 2.5 / 3 mm needles or size to obtain gauge
US 5 / 3.75 mm needles for bind off

22 sts and 36 rows over 4” / 10 cm in Textured Repeat
Gauge is important. Alterations in gauge will affect yarn requirements and finished size.

yarn needle
cable needle
2 stitch markers

lace knitting
twisted stitches WS (for double yarnovers)
both charts and line by line instructions provided





Pattern Release: Atlas Peak Stole


The feather-like stitch pattern of this Aran Lace stole prompted the name of Atlas Peak. Hawks fly high over this appellation in Napa Valley!

The Atlas Peak appellation is best known for outstanding Cabernet Sauvignan, but other varietals include Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Malbec, Marsanne, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Atlas Peak is worked in two pieces and grafted in the center.

One size (can be easily altered)

Finished Measurements as shown
Length: 89” / 226 cm
Width: 15” / 38 cm

Sunday Knits Angelic 5 ply, 75% extra-fine Australian merino / 25% ultra soft French angora (137 yds / 125 m per 50g), 8 skeins, shown in Moth.

US6 / 4 mm or size to obtain gauge
US5 / 3.75mm or one size smaller than needles used to obtain gauge

23 sts and 27 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Aran Lace pattern (blocked)

yarn needle, cable needle, waste yarn

cabling, simple lace, increases, decreases, decrease cables, Kitchener stitch in pattern
Both charts and line by line instructions included


Pattern Release: Escondido Falls Shawl


Ready for another foray into cables and lace and color? The Escondido Falls Shawl is a wedge-shaped shawl worked from the bottom up, with a lush lace and densely cabled edging.

You can work it in either two colors as shown above, in one color as shown at the end of the post, or (not shown) in one color for the body and cable section, and a second color for the lace.

I got to meet Gerty, Anzula’s new 100% Targhee yarn, this summer at TNNA. I decided to do a two-colored cable shawl to explore how Gerty would play with the cables, lace, and colorwork. I chose Clay, a greenish neutral, as the CC, and Teddy, a warm rich brown.

After lots of swatching, and playing with different options (fair isle in the center of the cable, different widths to the linen stitch edging, etc), I ended up with the pattern as is. My sample knitter Cambria finished the sample for me.

With the deadline looming, I thought it’s be great to do a single colored version as well, for those of you who just want to play with TWO techniques (cables and lace) at a time. 🙂   A quick email to my sample knitter Annette verified she could do the sample, and a quick email to Anzula ensured there were three skeins of the same dyelot available. I think it looks gorgeous in the blue as well!

The Targhee is extremely bouncy. You can block the heck out of it and it springs back.  I initially blocked the two-colored cable shawl to 90¼” / 229 cm along the lace edge to really open up the lace; it now measures 77¼” / 196.5cm, two weeks or so later (the lace edge looks great still!). Note that the gauge for the textured section is a bit tighter, which gives the shawl of  bit of a curled shape.

This shawl gets a California place name! I love exploring California parks, and especially waterfall hikes. There are some really neat waterfalls in the Los Angeles area, especially if we’ve had a wet winter.

One of the best is Escondido Falls in Malibu. We brought our dog Rigel with us when we did this hike back in 2009. It was quite the adventure for both us and him! You can read about the hike here.

Shawl details:

One size, easily altered

Finished Measurements
Length along lace edge: 77¼” / 196.5cm
Width at top: 27” / 68.5 cm

Anzula Gerty, 100% American Targhee (390 yds / 357 m per 4.02 oz / 114g), 2 skeins Teddy (MC), 1 skein Clay (CC) (or) 3 skeins Blueberry
1040 yds / 951 m total, approx 730 yds / 668 m MC and 310 yds / 283 m CC

US4 / 3.5mm circular needles or size to obtain gauge

25 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Dot Knit textured pattern, blocked
Cable Section Width: 2” / 5 cm, blocked
Lace Edging Width at widest point: 4” / 10 cm, blocked
Lace Edging Height: 4” / 10 cm, blocked

cable needle, yarn needle

For two-colored version: stranded knitting, following colorwork charts
All versions: Cabling, lace
Line by line directions given for single color only


Collection: Winery Knits


Winery Knits is my love letter to California wine country. Are you ready to explore it with me?

Aran Lace and stranded cable techniques are highlighted. The stoles and the mitts are Aran Lace and stranded versions of similar patterns. The Dry Creek sweater has  beautiful Aran Lace panel.

You can purchase the patterns separately ($6-$8 each), or bundled together as an e-book ($20).  If you choose to purchase the ebook, any previously purchased patterns will be included against the price total.  Here’s the link for the e-book:

I’ll be releasing patterns every week or two; you’ll receive updates as I add patterns to the e-book.

There are five patterns:

  • Dry Creek Sweater, an Aran Lace top-down raglan women’s sweater
  • Atlas Peak Stole, an Aran Lace stole
  • Spring Mountain Stole, a cabled and stranded stole
  • Willow Creek Mitts, unisex cabled and stranded mitts
  • Chalk Hill Mitts, Aran Lace mitts