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New pattern release: Myst

myst shawl

Matilda of Organic Knitters approached me a couple of months ago to ask me if I wanted to take part as a featured designer in the #organicsummerkal that she's been hosting for a couple of years. She told me that I would have to work with some rather exciting yarn, so of course I had to say yes! I have been dreaming of Rosy green wool yarn for the longest time, so that was the most perfect opportunity to give this yarn a try! Rosy green wool specialises in rare breeds yarns that they blend with organic merino. The result is absolutely divine. I got to try the Manx merino Fine - go and google Manx sheep, they are just the most amazing breed. I really cannot get over this yarn now that I’ve tried it. It is light, airy, drapy, and oh so luxurious. I even think that my mom that is “allergic” to wool would definitely wear it around her neck. It's perfect for a lightweight shawl or a very fine cardigan!

I didn't have to play with this yarn very long, because you know sometimes, the yarn speaks to you. And that's what happened this time around. I didn't have to do much - well except for charting the whole thing out! I really felt that the shawl knitted itself up. The stitch pattern is rather addictive (just one more section please, and then I looked up and it was 2am, hum hum), and it's honestly a perfect piece for new to lace knitters. The lace part is very easy as you only repeat the same section over and over, which makes it a wonderfully meditative knit.

Apart from the stitch pattern which was a lo of fun, I loved playing with a different construction/ shape with this piece. I really wanted to challenge myself and try something different than the more traditional triangle or crescent shaped shawls. So for this piece you basically start off with a provisional cast on, and knit all the way to one edge. Then put the stitches back on the needles and repeat for the other. Easy peasy!

The result is a very generous elongated triangle that sits nicely on the shoulders ( I like to wear it as shown in the first picture). It’s been crazy chilly here in Latvia, so it was wonderful to go out and have it around my shoulders (also great when you forget to bring your umbrella), and I’m sure that I will have plenty of wear out of it this Summer!

If you want to get a copy of the pattern, click on the button below! It will redirect you to the ravelry pattern page where you'll be able to see all the beautiful versions that are being knit up!