Ode to Autumn Wrap
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatcheves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottagetrees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
- John Keats
Ode to Autumn is a rectangular wrap, knit from one end to the other, using two skeins of fingering weight yarn and a skein of mohair lace.
This Autumn wrap is third in the four-shawl collection, Four Seasons, and draws its name and inspiration from one of John Keats’ finest poems, To Autumn. In this poem, Keats personifies the autumn season as a harvester and friend of the sun. In three stanzas, the Keats describes the different aspects of the season – growth, harvest and finally decline/death. The poem is rich in imagery and exhorts us to enjoy the transitory and short-lived beauty of the season before the dreary winter sets in.
About Four Seasons:
Four Seasons is a collection of four shawls/wraps for each season. Each design is inspired by a poem that celebrates that season, while also conveying a deeper meaning and philosophy of life. All the designs are knit in collaboration with Eden Cottage Yarns.
70” 178 cm long x 25” 63 cm wide after wet blocking.
MC - Eden Cottage Yarns Oakworth 4 ply (100% NZ Polwarth; 436 yards 400 meters/100 grams): Faded Blooms (1 ball)
CC1 - Eden Cottage Yarns Carlisle Fingering (100% merino fingering; 436 yards 400 meters/100 grams): Rose Bed (1 ball) CC2 - Eden Cottage Yarns Eldwick Lace (70% Kid Mohair, 30% Mulberry Silk; 459 yards 420 meters/50 grams): Rambling Rose (1 ball)
US size 6 (4 mm): 32” (81 cm) circulars
Removable stitch markers, scrap yarn or dental floss for lifelines, tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in ends, blocking pins or wires.
20 sts and 28 rows = 4” 10 cm in St st after wet blocking.
Long tail cast on, knit and purl decreases, yarnovers, Icelandic bind off