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Preciousss is a shawlette for every fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth. This was originally a mystery knit-along, with four clues each inspired by an aspect of the fandom of Middle-Earth.
Clue 1: Gold-- The Precious
Clue 2: Green-- Leaves (and more)
Clue 3: Grey-- Mithril
Clue 4: Edging-- Mountains
This is the thread for the knit-along (hosted by the Lord of the Rings group), where you can ask any questions you may have about the pattern and post your progress: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/lord-of-the-rings/topics/2414038
The name of the shawl was inspired by the Precious fans of Lord of the Rings (and of course the One Ring), and the shawl itself has several layers of symbolism.
The three main sections of the shawl are each inspired by one of three colors that fans associate especially with the world of Middle-Earth: Grey, Green, and Gold: Grey for the elves, Gold for the Ring, and Green for... just about everything else.
In the shawl, each of the first three pattern sections takes the inspiration for its texture and shape from the same source as its corresponding color.
Each color represents a Thing, each shawl section represents a color, and each shawl section also portrays the Thing that the color represents.
The finished shawl was designed specifically with hand-dyed variegated yarns in mind, so the shawl looks equally good in solids, tonals, and variegateds (though I would still use caution and choose a yarn without exceptionally striking light/dark contrast, like black and white).
6 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch in Stockinette Stitch
400 yards of Fingering weight