Lost In The Mist is an aerial shawl made of merino, mohair and silk.
Lost In The Mist, feathers around your neck
1. The story behind Lost In The Mist
This shawl is the result of a collaboration with the well known American wool brand: MadelineTosh.
They opened their MT Designer Studio program just before the March lockdown. It was a way to show the work of independent designers while showing their yarn.
I created a small sample presenting my project to them and it was accepted.
2. The construction of Lost In The Mist
While creating this shawl, I wanted to play with textures and volutes of the fog.
So the shape imposed itself to me: a crescent shawl starting at the top edge with a few stitches.
You will continue with increases along the edges to give this typical crescent shape.
Then you will finish with a lace border in one of my favorite lace pattern, a variation of the Feather and Fan.
And you will finish with a picot Bind Off (I feel that some of you will hate me!).
3. What level is needed to knit Lost In The Mist?
This pattern is not complicated to knit, it is intended for obstinate beginners and intermediate knitters.
The most difficult points you might encounter are:
- the lace part in mohair and silk. Mohair is indeed difficult to unravel if you make a mistake. So I advise you to use a lifeline if you are not comfortable with the lace.
- the Picot Bind-Off which I admit is very long but the result is very satisfying
Quite frankly, if you are not afraid to work an easy lace pattern and want to get out of the eternal garter stitch, this shawl is for you. The lace is repetitive and is worked every four rows. For me it is a perfect pattern to start lace knitting. A shawl all in all not complicated and a stunning aerial result of softness .
The lace is so simple that I didn’t make a diagram this time!
4. Where to buy the pattern?
5. Which yarn and material are suggested for knitting this wrap?
The suggested yarn is Madeline Tosh Light (100 % merino ) 360 m / 100 g and MadelineTosh Impression (70 % mohair / 30 % silk) 384 m / 46 gr. I used approx. 260 m of Tosh Light and 470 m of Impression colorway Smokestack for both of them.
If you only have 400 m / 50g skein, you may well consider skipping some rows of the last repeat. Or if you can’t use mohair because you’re allergic or whatever, you may consider doing it in alpaca or another yarn with some halo.
Let your imagination run wild
Notions and needles required are as follow:
- 100 cm (40″) 3.75 mm (US5) circ needle
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch markers for lace repeats if you don’t feel comfortable reading the lace easily and are afraid that you can’t find your way on the chart.
6. Why Lost in The Mist?
Finally, why did I name it Lost In The Mist?
Those who follow my YouTube channel know that I live on the crest of the Belgian Ardennes. This ridge is therefore frequently smothered in the fog.
During the months of October or November, it is not uncommon for our village to be covered in fog for days.
The name of this shawl has thus imposed itself: Lost In The Mist
I hope this shawl will make you fall in love with it and that this article will make you want to knit it.
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