Jotunheimen (pronounciation: ˈjuːtʉnˌhæimən) is the fifth piece of neckwear in a collection inspired by the astounding nature in the Sogn og Fjordane region of Norway: first was Fanaraaken, second was Molden, third was Myrhorn, Feigefossen was fourth. The inspiration for this design is Jotunheimen, the impressive mountain range, extending from south-central to western Norway. This mountain range is known as the home of the jotuns (a race of giants) and plays a central role in Norse Mythology and Folklore. You will recognize it from the films featuring the Marvel character Thor, the Nordic film, The Ash Lad, as well as the classical music composed by Norway’s Edvard Grieg. The cowl itself features a textured motif which is an artistic interpretation of the five highest peaks of Jotunheimen and the innermost arm of Sognefjord which reaches towards this majestic mountain range.
The cowl is knit flat introducing a triangular inset of 5 unique, single color, textures for each subsequent mountain profile. A range of textures from lace to garter, to eyelet, to shadow knitting and, finally, cable, are applied; both a chart and written instructions are provided for each of the five motifs. Knitting concludes with a band of color in simple stockinette which is picked up and knit along the cast on edge (alternately, a provisional cast on may be used in which case the knitting would proceed from those live stitches) and then joined to the opposite end with Kitchener stitch to bring the cowl into full circle.
This cowl features a textured motif which is an artistic interpretation of the five highest peaks of Jotunheimen (Galdhøpiggen, 8,100.4 ft; Glittertind, 8087.3 ft; Store Skagastølstind, 7890.4 ft; Store Styggedalstinden, 7831.4 ft; and Skarstind, 7798.6 ft) and the innermost arm of Sognefjord which reaches towards this majestic mountain range. Difficulty level: Advanced
*Specific techniques employed besides or other than basic knit and purl.
A “thousand thanks” to my test knitters on Ravelry⎯Foxsan, jm57, kmorley632, Mock5, and skwrd50⎯and to you for purchasing and knitting my pattern.