First Frost Shawl


Have you ever made something that is completely out of your style, only to find it’s the thing you end up wearing the most? Well this shawl is that thing.

The First Frost Shawl is a pattern I have been test knitting over the past few weeks, and even though I knew it would be pretty, I didn’t think it would be something I’d love to wear. It’s a small-ish shawl, very pretty and dainty, with a lace edging and picot bind off.


The Facts

The Pattern - First Frost Shawl by Annie Lupton of Boho Chic Fiber Co

The Yarn - Madelinetosh, Tosh Merino Light in ‘Birch Grey’ and Moonlight Yarns, sock weight in ‘Clouds’

Time Taken - Aprox 7 weeks, alongside other projects

Needle Size - 3.25mm

The Yarn

I used about two thirds of two different yarns for this project, and I found I actually needed less yardage than the pattern specifies. The grey, tonal yarn that I used was one of the first indie dyed yarns that I ever bought and it’s from an Etsy seller called Moonlight Yarns. It’s as soft as a cashmere yarn and knits up into a plump, warm fabric.


The cream speckled yarn is Madelinetosh, merino light and I completely get the hype! It’s wonderful to work with and I loved working with it. I’m actually just about to order some more for a project I’m working on now. I think the two colours work really well together, and the cream yarn on the edging highlights the intricacy of the lace.

The Pattern

I was a little daunted by this pattern at first and I knew it would be a little challenging in places. While it begins with a garter stitch section with short rows, the second half is a lace section, with a picot bind off. I’ve knit lace sections before, but nothing quite so complex. However, Annie’s instructions were so clear and helpful that I didn’t have any problems with the pattern.

The picot bind off was a new technique to me, but it’s a lot easier than I expected. Overall, this shawl came together pretty quickly. I think you could probably knit it in about 3 weeks if you had nothing else to work on in the back ground.

I’m not sure if it’s the neutral colours I chose, or the style of the shawl itself, but this has been one of my most-worn knitted items I’ve made so far. It’s not bulky, and just adds an extra bit of interest and warmth to any outfit. I love it!