Months ago, I approached Shobha of Serendipitous Wool Company with an idea for a pattern – all I had at the time was a general idea of the stitches and color I wanted, plus a name: Frostfall. In a happy coincidence, one that you might even call serendipitous, Shobha was dreaming up a similar colorway with the exact same name.
And thus, a collaboration was born. Shobha dyed up this divine icy blue colorway on one of her single ply bases, and it was even better than I had envisioned. If you’ve never seen her yarns, I highly encourage you to check out her yarns on her Instagram (@serendipitouswool) or her website (https://www.serendipitouswool.com/).
Frostfall is a richly textured asymmetrical triangular shawl knit on the bias. The shawl begins with a provisional i-cord cast-on, from which extra stitches are picked up to form the shawl body. Once the lace is established, increases are made along one edge until desired size is achieved.
Do you love big shawls but hate long purl rows? Although the lace panel is purled on wrong side rows, the slipped stitch pattern (where most of the increases occur) doesn’t have a single purl stitch!
Length across neck: 63 (74, 86, 94) in. / 160 (188, 218, 239) cm
Depth at center: 22 (27, 31, 34) in / 56 (69, 79, 86) cm
600 (800, 1000, 1200) yards / 548 (732, 915, 1098) meters of fingering weight yarn
Sample was made using 1000 yd (915 m) of Serendipitous Wool Anu (Single Ply 100% Superwash Merino) in colorway Frostfall.
Serendipitous Wool Anu is a superwash yarn that grows and blooms once blocked. It has beautiful drape and stitch definition.
If you’re interested in the Frostfall colorway, please reach out to her by using the “Contact Us” option on her website here:
US6 / 4mm circular needles with at least a 32 in. / 81 cm long cord
For the two largest sizes, you may find a 40″ / 102 cm long cord to be more comfortable
22 sts and 32 rows = 4 in. / 10cm in slipped stitch pattern (blocked)
The slipped stitch pattern for gauge can be found on pg. 2 of the pattern.
Gauge is not critical, but be aware that your gauge will affect the final dimensions of your shawl. Swatching is still recommended if only to ensure that you are happy with the fabric you’re creating, especially if you choose a different yarn weight.
2 stitch markers
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Waste yarn and crochet hook for provisional cast on
Pins or wires for blocking (optional)
Skills and Techniques
Techniques used include: knit, purl, ktbl, ptbl, M1L, M1R, KFB, provisional i-cord cast on, i-cord bind-off, slwyif, grafting live stitches (used to close i-cord over 6 stitches after binding off)
Test knitters rated the difficulty as Advanced Beginner or Intermediate. Some prior experience with lace and the ability to read your knitting is recommended.
Frostfall is available on Payhip, Lovecrafts, and Ravelry.
Note: As of June 2020, Ravelry’s redesign has caused serious accessibility issues, and some users have reported seizures and migraines. Because of this, I am not linking there directly. If you are prone to migraines or seizures, please use Payhip or LoveCrafts as an alternative. If you purchase on Payhip and would like to have the pattern added to your Ravelry library for when/if the accessibility issues are resolved, please include your Ravelry username when you check out.
As with all patterns, I am immensely grateful for my editor and test knitters. A special thank you to Shobha, who provided yarn support for this project.
If you make a Frostfall shawl, please connect with me on Instagram! I love seeing people’s projects. You can find me there as @theknittinglinguist and can see other knitter’s projects using hashtags #FrostfallShawl and #LakeboundKnits
Are you making the Frostfall shawl? Here are some tutorials you may find helpful: