Whale Road by Larissa Brown

Whale Road

Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, unblocked
US 15 - 10.0 mm
100 - 195 yards (91 - 178 m)
67" long X 11" wide at widest point
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Whale Road is a Viking kenning to describe the sea.

This hood is part of a collection called Shieldmaiden Knits, featuring designs in Malabrigo Yarn, inspired by the epic Viking style.

Vikings were poets and artists. Their woodwork, carvings, bracelets and intricate needle cases and combs all suggest a great passion for design. Their words and sagas suggest a love of dramatic gestures.

The pieces in this collection take the gorgeous colors and textures of Malabrigo yarns, and use simple shapes and easy lace to bring about dramatic results. These are not historically accurate designs, but instead are modern pieces inspired by my research into Viking Age life.


This piece is worked flat from end to end and sewn together for just a few inches at the top center, to create a pointed hood.


Gruesa is a thick and thin yarn that creates a pebbly surface, giving depth to the piece and catching the light. If substituting yarns, make sure to take this into account, when envisioning your hood.