A lovely shawl pattern from Susan Pandof as part of her Two Towers Series.
Here is how Susan describes Helm's Deep:
The shawl is knit in a crescent, from the bottom edge up, using lace in a cogwheel pattern at the bottom edge to represent the wheel which raises & lowers the gate, slip stitches in gray & amber to evoke the walls of the keep and short rows for the remainder of the shawl.
The shawl is then finished with a petite 2 color edging at the top and the entire pattern has a bit of a steampunk vibe going on. It is wide, capacious, and perfect for throwing on next time you go into battle - lol…
Be aware - the slip stitch portion of the pattern is charted only; there were too many repeats within repeats to lend themselves easily to written directions. Other sections have both charted & written directions.
The piece as you see it photographed in the first bunch of pictures here, was knit in three different almost-solid colorways of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, the main color (copper) needing 600 yards, the first contrast color (grey blue) needing 400 yards,and the third contrast color (cream) needing 400 yards.
Susan recommends almost-solids as the best choices here.
Truly a wonderful knit.