Skógur by Melody Hoffmann


September 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 50 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1181 yards (1080 m)
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I am so happy to introduce you to Skógur. Please don’t ask me how to pronounce it. I’ve googled it, and my brain doesn’t even know what to do to reproduce the sounds. But what I know for sure is that it means Forest in Faroese.
Why Faroese? Because the yarn that I have used for it is a blend of Faroe Island and Falkland Island wool. It is HEAVEN. If you like rustic/soft yarns (that might sound very contradictory, but it’s nonetheless true!), you have to try out this yarn if you haven’t yet. I told Mom that I want a sweater quantity of that for Christmas already (that’s also true!).

I had heard about this yarn for so long, but for some reason, never got around to purchase it myself. It’s been listed on my “yarns to try asap” bucket list for the longest time, so when Laine des Iles approached me to ask if I wanted to create a piece in this yarn, I immediately said yes. a big YES!

The design itself is very easy. You start off with a LOT of garter stitch. That’s just to get familiar with the yarn, and enjoy your favourite show. And also it’s very squishy around the neck. Then the texture is slowly introduced in the next section. It might look intricate, but it’s very simple, intuitive and meditative. There’s also a video to show you how to execute the stitch. So nothing fancy here, just some texture goodness.

The shawl itself is quite long (it’s almost as long as my Hollows if you’ve ever knit that one), which makes it perfect to wrap around the neck, and drape nicely on the sides. I have started wearing it already as the weather has started cooling down quite drastically these past few weeks, and I absolutely adore it.

3 skeins of Snaeldan 2ply, 100% Faroese Wool undyed, 394 yards (360 meters)/100g
6 skeins of Snaeldan 2ply, 100% Faroese Wool dyed, 196 yards ( 180 meters)/50g
approx. 1182 yards (1080 meters) of fingering weight yarn

A set of US5 (3.75mm) needles

24 sts x 50 rows in garter stitch after blocking

19.2” (49cm) deep x 84.6” (215cm) long

The pattern will go live tomorrow! And kits will be available through Laine des Iles (September 15th)