DESIGNER: Jocelyn J. Tunney
FINISHED SIZE: 11.5” wide, 75” long (blocked)
YARN: O-Wash Worsted / 1 skeins Color A, 1 skein Color B, 3 skeins Color C. Shown in Slate (dark grey) (A), Sunfish (turquoise) (B), and Black-eyed Susan (yellow) (C).
GAUGE: 19 sts and 40 rows = 4” in Garter Stitch, blocked.
NEEDLES: US 7/4.5mm 32” circular needle or size to obtain gauge. Optional: US 7/4.5mm 16” circular needle (something without a long cord for ease of knitting areas that don’t yet require it).
- tapestry needle
- 6 stitch markers; 3 in one color and 3 in another. These are referred to in the pattern as mA and mB.
- removable stitch marker (optional)
- Waste yarn or 7 stitch holders.
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I try to name all of my designs after things in and around the area of Philadelphia I live in. This design is based on my pattern called “Cave of Kelpius”. Cave of Kelpius is tucked off a remote hiking trail in the city park where I live, called Wissahickon Valley Park. When I’m not knitting and designing, I’m riding my horse through our gorgeous city park and ride past this cave often. The strange history of it has always intrigued me. Mystic and scholar Johannes Kelpius and his followers settled in this area in 1694. The cave is believed to be the 17th century home of America’s first cult of mystics to predict the imminent apocalypse, and were called the “Hermits of the Wissahickon”. The cave is marked today by a granite monolith placed outside the entrance in 1961 by the Rosicrucians, a worldwide mystical brotherhood that claims to have secret wisdom dating to ancient Egypt, and considers Kelpius the original American Rosicrucian. The bold colors and geometry in this design told me it was time to give a nod to my favorite cave with a unique history.