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New pattern release: Skógur

Skógur shawl by Melody Hoffmann

I am so happy to introduce you to Skógur. Please don’t ask me how to pronounce it. I’ve googled it, and my brain doesn’t even know what to do to reproduce the way it sounds! But what I know for sure is that it means Forest in Faroese. 

Why Faroese? Because the yarn that I have used for it is a blend of Faroe Island and Falkland Island wool. It is HEAVEN. If you like rustic/soft yarns (that might sound very contradictory, but it’s nonetheless true!), you have to try out this yarn if you haven’t yet. I told Mom that I want a sweater quantity of that for Christmas already (that’s also true!). So Santa, I'm expeting more of that yarn under the tree this year!

I had heard about this yarn for so long, but for some reason, never got around to purchase it myself. It’s been listed on my “yarns to try asap” bucket list for the longest time, so when Laine des Iles approached me to ask if I wanted to create a piece in this yarn, I immediately said yes a big YES!

The design itself is very easy. You start off with a LOT of garter stitch. That’s just to get familiar with the yarn, and enjoy your favourite show (it's a Netflix friendly knit). And also it’s very squishy around the neck. Then the texture is slowly introduced in the next section. It might look intricate, but it’s very simple, intuitive and meditative. There’s also a video to show you how to execute the stitch. So nothing fancy here, just some texture goodness.

The shawl itself is quite long (it’s almost as long as my Hollows if you’ve ever knit that one), which makes it perfect to wrap around the neck, and drape nicely on the sides. I have started wearing it already as the weather has started cooling down quite drastically these past few weeks, and I absolutely adore it.

Skógur shawl by Melody Hoffmann
Skógur shawl by Melody Hoffmann

Yarn
3 skeins of Snaeldan 2ply, 100% Faroese Wool undyed, 394 yards (360 meters)/100g
OR
6 skeins of Snaeldan 2ply, 100% Faroese Wool dyed, 196 yards ( 180 meters)/50g
OR
approx. 1182 yards (1080 meters) of fingering weight yarn

Needles
A set of US5 (3.75mm) needles

Gauge
24 sts x 50 rows in garter stitch after blocking

Dimensions
19.2” (49cm) deep x 84.6” (215cm) long