Blóm - Knitting

Blóm is a semi-circular shawl that features a simple and delicate lace section in the central panel.

Winter lasts for a very long time here in Latvia. Days are very short and dark, and there’s not a lot of light to enjoy. Back in January, when the whether was very gloomy, I took my camera and headed out to one of my favourite places: the Botanical Museum. This place is such an oasis in the middle of Winter!

Ideas started to overflow in my head, and I imagined the very first draft of this pattern while walking the aisles of the greenhouses.

By the beginning of Spring, Blóm was finally born. I went back to the Botanical Museum in April, the very first time since January, and photographed the pattern that was inspired by this very same place.

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Materials you need at home:

  • Yarn Quince&co Tern, in the Terra cotta colorway (3 skeins), OR Skein, Homestead Light (1 skein) OR appr. 570 yards of fingering weight yarn.

  • Needles US 6 circular needle/4mm

  • Gauge 22 stitches & 31 rows= 4 inches after blocking.

  • Finished measurements 160cm long/ 60 cm light, after blocking.

  • Additional Tools Blunt tapestry needle, T-pins, blocking wires (optional, but recommended for neat edges)

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I’m Melody a twenty-something French lady, living close to the woods in Riga, Latvia.

A few years ago, right before moving to China, I decided to teach myself how to knit by watching videos online. I barely touched my pointy stitcks during the two years that I spent there, but right after coming back to France, I got completely hooked.

My new hobby quickly reached the point where it became an obsession. When I first started, I didn’t know anything about fibre, and how important it was to work with good tools and materials. After a few years of practice, I became a proud yarn “snob”, using natural yarns exclusively, with a preference for naturally dyed yarns with high sheepy content.

I wake up every morning with the goal of owning a piece of land, somewhere in rural France, where I’ll be able to keep working with yarn and fiber while growing a vegetable garden, and share my journey and work with this amazing online community.

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