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  • Craft: Knit
  • Free/Paid: Paid
  • Yarn Weight: Sport
  • Yarn Base: Yak Merino Sport
  • Yardage: 800+
  • Project Type: Shawls/Wraps
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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We're hosting a Summer Knit Along (KAL) Challenge on Ravelry featuring the Alpenglow pattern. The KAL will run from July 1 to September 30, 2023. Click HERE to learn more and join in on all the fun! We will have OODLES and BOODLES of gifts throughout the entire challenge too!


One Size - Finished blocked measurements: 85” across widest point x 34” deep (216 cm x 86 cm)


Expression Fiber Arts Yak Merino Sport yarn

Shown in colors: A) Brave, B) Worthy, C) Bold, and D) Imagine.

One skein of each color is needed. The sample shown used approximately 1144 yds (1046 m) total – Color A: 329 yds (300 m), Color B: 316 yds (289 m), Color C: 223 yds (204 m), and Color D: 276 yds (252 m). Since you use almost all of Color A, you may find it helpful to purchase a second skein of Color A to ensure that you do not run out.

If those colors aren’t available, any from this category will work.


US size ​​8 (5.0mm) 32” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge


Adventurous Beginner to Intermediate: This pattern is for knitters who have made a few projects and are ready to work with more than one color of yarn. Skills/concepts include very simple short rows, changing colors mid-row, basic lace, and carrying non-working yarn up the side.

Notes From the Designer:

“…a rosy glow, at first scarce discernible, gradually deepened and suffused every mountain-top, flushing the glaciers and the harsh crags above them. This was the alpenglow, to me the most impressive of all the terrestrial manifestations of God. At the touch of this divine light, the mountains seemed to kindle to a rapt, religious consciousness, and stood hushed like devout worshippers waiting to be blessed.” ~John Muir~

I love the mountains. There is just something about jagged, rocky peaks that soar into the sky that literally “restores my soul.” I designed this shawl to capture the essence of the mountains at twilight. Each section is created with simple, straightforward patterns. Short rows are used to add streaks of color instead of shaping, yet they’re so easy to work - you don’t even have to pick up the wraps! The mountain-themed center section and border use basic stitches, and their patterns are easily memorized. The instructions are both written and charted.

  • Click the Videos tab to watch a tutorial on the Double Chain (Chinese Waitress) CO, BO, changing colors in the middle of a row, and how to slip/wrap and turn for the short rows.
  • Alpenglow is worked as a standard crescent, increasing two stitches on both edges every right side row. When completed, blocking the shawl as a trapezoid with a double arch at the bottom will best accentuate the design elements.
  • Each row begins with “k1, yo, k1” and ends with “k1, dyo, k1.” The yarn over that was made at the beginning of one row is dropped at the end of the following row. This extra yarn over will help keep the edge stitches loose enough to ensure the shawl can be blocked correctly.
  • The border is worked sideways and consumes one live stitch from the edge of the shawl’s main body on every other row. The short rows in this shawl are worked with a wrap and turn. Because the short rows are worked in garter stitch, the wraps are not picked up, making these short rows incredibly simple and a great way for beginners to start learning short rows.
  • The garter stitch tab has been slightly modified to include two yarn overs to make a very uniform, seamless border.
  • Stitch counts at the end of each RS row include the two edge stitches on either end, but do not include the yarn overs between the two edge stitches.
  • Multiple color changes instruct the knitter to carry the unused color up the side. This technique leaves fewer ends to weave in later. Those who prefer not to carry the unused color can simply cut the unused color each time and join it again the next time it is used.
  • Markers are placed mid-row in every other short row section to indicate where the turns will be made in the subsequent short row section. When working the repeats of Rows 1-2 between short row sections, slip the mid-row markers when you come to them. The “m” in “k to m” and “k to 1 st bef m” in all repeats of Rows 1-2 always refers to the final marker before the edge stitches.

Designed by Jennifer Matlock


7.6.23 - MP26 Row missing the word “twice” after the (p2, k2) in the repeated section. Should read: K1, yo, k1, sm, k5, p2, k2, p1, *(k2, p2) twice, k1, (p2, k2) twice, p1, rep from * to 9 sts bef m, k2, p2, k5, sm, k1, dyo, k1.

9.16.23 - Row 130 updated to say: K2 (you may work “k1, yo, k1” as you previously have done, just to maintain a more consistent edge, but will need to remember to drop the yo when you get all the way back to these final stitches, as it does not count in the final stitch count) rm, k12, pm, *k14, pm, rep from * until 12 sts bef m, k12, rm, k1, dyo, k1. (406 sts, with m after every 14 sts) Cut Color B.

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