Fog Catcher by Jeanne Long

Fog Catcher

October 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in garter, after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
460 yards (421 m)
16 inches (40 cm) deep by 58 inches (148 cm) long at the outer edge
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In some of the driest places in the world, people use fine nets to pull drinking water out of thin air. These fog catchers trap unbelievably small particles of water in the fibers of their mesh and direct them through a filter into a reservoir, gathering thousands of gallons of drinking water each day in locations where there was little to begin with or the wells have gone dry due to climate change.

Our Fog Catcher is a crescent-moon shawl. The body and mesh sections are worked in variations of garter stitch, including plain garter, single mesh, double mesh, and a variation of feather and fan. Inspired by a technological and humanitarian marvel, the mesh body and waved edge nod to the nets of fog catcher and its reservoir of life-giving water. Knit in Why Knot Fibers’ Starlit DK, a striking Merino blend with a touch of sparkle, the shawl shimmers as though hung with millions of tiny water droplets. The deeply curved crescent shape stays in place around the shoulders for an effortless splash of timeless style.

Construction: Fog Catcher is worked flat in one piece. It begins with a garter tab at the center neck and is worked out with regular increases incorporated into the mesh patterns.

Sizing: 58 inches (148 cm) around the outer edge, 16 inches (40 cm) at the deepest point.

Yarn and Yardage: 2 skeins of Why Knot Fibers’ Starlit, a sparkly merino blend, in the New Moon colorway, or approximately 460 yards of DK-weight yarn.

Needles: A pair of size 8 U.S. (5.0 mm) circular needles 30” long or longer, or your choice of needles for working over a large number of stitches. Or, the size needles needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: Eight stitch markers and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Instructions: The pattern includes fully written-out instructions.

Techniques Used: Knit, purl, yarn overs, double yarn overs, single and double decreases.

Special Thanks: To my fab test knitters. I appreciate your work!