First Frost by Lanja Khon-Engheim

First Frost

October 2019
Light Fingering ?
6 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
848 - 875 yards (775 - 800 m)
wingspan 68” / 178 cm; spine 29” / 73 cm
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Please make sure you are using the JULY 2020 version of the pattern. It corrects the stitch count for the edging (start with 8 sts); clarifies that 4 sts must be bound off at the beginning of Row 8 on Chart 5; and switches the RS/WS designations of Chart 5, so that RS & WS rows of the chart are worked with the RS & WS of the shawl facing, respectively.

First Frost is a half-pi shawl with Estonian lace motifs and nupps. Leaves are followed by the tuisukiri pattern (snowdrifts) and then by the poollehekiri pattern (half-leaves) -- a perfect fit for the changing seasons. The shawl is finished with a simple knitted-on edging.

The pattern assumes that you can read charts, cast on provisionally, and have some experience knitting lace. Links are provided for 2 techniques to work nupps. There is a photo tutorial for attaching the edging.


I’m experimenting this year with a pay-what-you-will model. If you have made this pattern and would like to show your appreciation, please consider buying me a virtual coffee! Thanks for your support!


This shawl is part of my series Dreams of Norway, which contains designs inspired by my adopted country.

For new designs, pattern support, and Norwegian nature pics, you can check out the NewNorwegian group.