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.


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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