Meet Serac! Wikipedia defines a serac thusly: “A serac (originally from Swiss French sérac) is a block or column of ice formed by intersecting crevasses on a glacier.” A photo from the Wikipedia page looked just like the stitch pattern I’m using, and happened to be from the Winthrop Glacier on Mount Rainier in my home state of Washington. :)
Serac is a simple triangle shawl that starts from the bottom point so you can stop any time. I might work the last section without increases so I can add buttons and make it into a cowl/dickie thing. There are only two pattern rows; what makes the pattern is the way they are repeated.
A pattern this simple just begs for a wholesome neutral-shade yarn like Mountain Meadow Wool Kaycee. It’s a slubby, sport-weight singles that knits up into a delectably elegant, supple fabric. Mountain Meadow Wool yarns are a 100% US product that look great in plain stockinette, textural patterns, lace, and cables. If I could describe them in one word, I think it would be “skooshhhhh” as that is how they feel when you squeeze them.
If you’d like to make a Serac shawl, see below for materials and instructions.
Mountain Meadow Wool Kaycee: 2 skeins for cowl version, 3 skeins for shawl version
3.75mm needles (US 5)
Using longtail method, cast on 7 stitches
Set-up Row 1: knit
Set-up Row 2: k1, yo, (k1, p1)2 times, k1, yo, k1
Row A: k1, yo, knit yarn over from previous row through the back loop to twist closed, (p1,k1) to last 3 stitches, p1, knit yarn over from previous row through the back loop to twist closed, yo, k1.
Work row A again.
Row B: k1, yo, knit yarn over from previous row through the back loop to twist closed, knit to last 2 stitches, knit yarn over from previous row through the back loop to twist closed, yo, k1.
Work row B again.
Continue pattern by working Row A 3 times then Row B 2 times.
Cowl version: When you have desired width for cowl, omit increases and work in the established 5-row ribbing pattern for at least 12,” then bind off all stitches on the second row B. (I might do some needle size changes to taper the top of the cowl if I go this route.)
Shawl version: continue in established 5-row ribbing pattern until you have desired width for shawl, then bind off all stitches on the second row B.
I figured it might be fun to make this free pattern into a knitalong for two reasons: 1. knitting is always more fun with a buddy, and 2. to motivate me to work on it as I currently have too many WIPs again. (How did that happen?) Join us in the Busiest Bee group on ravelry if you’re interested.