Latitude has representations of both the parallel lines of latitude drawn on a map, and also the water currents and landforms that roll over them. You might even imagine the undulating lines to be the gliding paths of whales. I grew up near the edge and corner of Washington state a few shorts miles from the 49th parallel which is also the border for the US and Canada. A diverse marine geography characterized my surroundings. That’s where I first experienced the beauty of whales in the wild, watching them migrate along their familiar paths among nearby islands and along the coastline.
fiber: Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio Sock, 400 yds/4 oz (100% merino superwash wool), 2 skeins; and Loft, 350 yds/1oz (60% kid mohair/40% silk), 1 skein (approx yardages used are 600 yds fingering wool and 250 yards lace mohair/silk blend)
gauge: 20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in blocked garter stitch fingering wool fabric
needle: 32” or preferred length size 5 circular, or size necessary to achieve gauge
finished blocked dimensions: 60” long at top edge and 28” deep in center
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Latitude takes inspiration from one of my favorite chapters in Moby-Dick, “the Chart”, wherein captain Ahab ponders his maps and logs, hoping to set a course that intersects with a singular great white whale. All the while he considers how much more exacting is the creature he hunts, who swims along his ocean-line with such marvelous precision.
How it’s made: beginning with a garter tab cast on and picked up stitches along its edge, the large triangle shape is formed with increases at the outer edges. A center section of Old Shale stitch pattern has increases as well. The body is made of alternating stripes of fingering wool and lace mohair, making it bouncy, light and somewhat transparent. It’s finished with the addition of Old Shale repeats along the outer edge, with increases in pattern to make it wavy and dramatic.
Stitches used are basic knit and purl, M1R & M1L, yo, kfb, k2tog, and ssk, and a glossary is provided. Increasing stitch counts are frequently noted so that you can check that everything is on track. This is a thorough pattern that is written row by row, with a few very straightforward repeat sections.
Neighborhood Fiber Co. provided their fingering weight Studio Sock and lace weight Loft for this design. Colors shown in samples are Reservoir Hill (Sock) & Hollins Market (Loft) for the blue shawl, and Joyce Scott in both bases for pink shawl.