The idea for Pinetum came when talking to my land lord. He was telling me about the estate and mentioned he'd gone for a walk that morning with the dogs in his Pinetum. If you don't know, a pinetum /pʌɪˈniːtəm/ is
A plantation of pine trees or other conifers planted for scientific or ornamental purposes.
The idea that he had a specially planted, ornamental forest of pine trees when we live on an estate full of commercial forestry plantations struck me as particularly marvellous. I've always been endlessly fascinated by commercial forests - at first glance they look like a natural forest, but then you catch them from the right angle and the trees line up perfectly and you get a glimpse of the dead undergrowth as these introduced species are planned so closely together, little can compete. Then there is the post-apocalyptic devastation after extraction.
So the idea was born. I knew instantly the yarn had to be Fyberspates Vivacious in Seep Forest - its greens, blues and browns perfectly capturing the colours of the woods. The tree pattern took a bit longer to get right, alternating hook sizes, ribbed stitches and decreases until I got it just right.
Inspired by the lines of pine plantation that cover the hills of the Scottish Highlands, Pinetum is a modular shawl, using raised stitches and ribbing to create a deeply textured surface.
Finished wingspan: 138cm/54in
Finished depth: 51cm/20in
2 x 100g skeins Fyberspates Vivacious (4ply weight, 100% Merino Wool, 365m/399yds) in Deep Forest (605)
4mm (US G) hook
1 motif measures 9cm/3.5in wide and 8cm/3.25in tall using 4mm hook, or sized required to obtain tension.
Difficulty Rating - Intermediate
Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, raised (post) stitches, identifying the front and back of raised stitches, working into row ends, working in the back loop only
Starting at the bottom point, the shawl grows by working join as you go motifs on to each side.
Pattern is written and charted using standard UK terms (US conversions given in abbreviations)
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