As has become a little tradition in the past four years, I've designed a pattern (or two) for the Christmas issue of Finnish TAITO crafts magazine, published by the Finnish crafts organization by the same name. Founded in 1913, the TAITO organization is kind of like the Finnish version of Craft Yarn Council (CYC) except it's not limited to yarn crafts only.
For the flower-themed Christmas 2022 issue my contribution was a lace-and-texture shawl entitled Wintermint Shawl. Now that the publication rights for the pattern have reverted back to me, I can offer it individually!
Wintermint Shawl is an asymmetric triangle shawl made of alternating sections of simple lace and even simpler texture. The leaf-like lace pattern has a rhythmically repeating 8-row repeat that's quick to memorize. Yarnovers and decreases are made only on the right side of the work; all wrong-side rows are relaxing purl-back rows!
The lace turns gradually into a textured pattern in which short vertical blips of stockinette stitches stand out from the reverse-stockinette background. The shawl is framed by built-in i-cord edges and finished with an elastic bind-off, blocked into a scalloped edge. As usual, both written and charted instructions are provided for the stitch patterns.
Wintermint Shawl comes in two sizes, small or large, written for two (100 g) or three skeins (150 g) of Jalovilla Vuona, a rustic but soft, single-ply 100% Finnsheep wool yarn. Jalovilla specializes in hand-dyeing minimally processed wool that's sourced from small, family-run sheep farms all over Finland. For my sample shawl I used the colorway Kaste ("Mist"), a hard-to-describe muted blue-ish green-gray.
If you were to substitute yarns, you'd need fingering-weight yarn, approx. 400 m (440 yd) for the small size and 615 m (675 yd) for the larger shawl. The sample shawl in these photos is the larger one, measuring 60 cm (23 inches) in depth and 170 cm (67 inches) in wingspan. The smaller version is shawlette sized: 45 cm (17 inches) in depth by 140 cm (55 inches) in wingspan.
Wintermint Shawl is now available for purchase in all my pattern shops on Payhip, LoveCrafts, and Ravelry. Share your project on Instagram with the hashtags #wintermintshawl and #talviknits so that I can admire your creation!
All these three patterns were actually designed around the same time, some have just taken a bit longer to get out there. And all share some common themes: they're knit in fingering-weight, blue-y green-y yarn and feature the same rhythmically repeating 8-row lace pattern.
Wintermint Mitts are sweet little fingerless mitts are worked from the bottom up with a twisted-rib cuff and lace pattern on the back of hand. The palm and thumb are worked in stockinette, making these mitts simple and fast to knit. The pattern comes in four sizes, designed to fit from kids to large adults. To knit these dainty lace mitts you'll need approx. 135–210 m or 150–230 yd of fingering-weight yarn.
Wintermint Socks are a lacy pair of toe-up socks with an allover lace pattern, a gusset and heel flap construction with twisted ribbing on the flap, and a twisted-rib cuff. Right and left socks are identical and can be worked two at a time. The sock pattern comes in four sizes for the foot and three for the leg with adjustable foot and leg lengths. To knit the socks you'll need approx. 275–425 m or 300–465 yd of fingering-weight sock yarn.
I've combined all these three accessory patterns into a collection called Wintermint Trio. By purchasing the bundle you'll save 22% of the cost of the patterns when bought individually. The bundle is available in my Payhip and Ravelry pattern shops.
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