March 2021
Light Fingering ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Ribbing/broken ribbing
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1400 yards (1280 m)
1 size; infinitely customizable
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ELSOM is an elegant and deeply versatile shawl with unique construction that can be adapted to work in any yarn at any gauge to make whatever size you would like. This trapezoid-shaped piece begins with 6 stitches in the top corner and grows outward toward the long edge until you turn to create the first corner when you are about halfway through your yarn. The sample in the pattern photos was made with a single strand of a light-fingering-weight yarn to achieve the dreamiest featherweight fabric for a perfect layering piece.

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Finished measurements:
18”/45cm wide and 136”/340cm long along bottom edge

Custom sizing:
Elsom can be worked at almost any gauge/size according to your preference/yarn stash. The pattern includes yarn requirements and stitch counts to replicate the sample in the photos, but if you choose to use a different yarn at a different gauge, the pattern also includes instructions to work according to how much yarn you have. Please note that modifying the pattern in this way will change the width and length of the shawl.


Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows over 4”/10cm in stockinette after blocking

Recommended needles:
US 5 (3.75 mm) 40”/100cm circular

Notions: stitch markers, darning needle, blocking wires

Recommended yarn:
La Bien Aimée Helix (light-fingering-weight; 710yds/650m per 100g skein): Helix is a lofty light-fingering-weight yarn. A high-quality Falkland Merino blended with Gotland wool, it has a slight halo and a beautiful luster.

Yarn requirements:
2 skeins of La Bien Aimée Helix/Felix or approximately 1400yds/1300m

Other suitable yarns:

Holst Garn Supersoft
Custom Woolen Mills Spinner
Cloudborn Merino Singles

Malabrigo Mechita
Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering

Ritual Dyes Maven
The Farmers Daughter Soka’pii


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Thank you to Kristina McGrath for her work as tech editor on this pattern, to La Bien Aimée for yarn support, and to Pom Pom Press for publishing the collection!