Fog in August

Folk knowledge says that every fog in August means a snowfall come winter. This shawl combines an eddying lace edging with a simple stockinette field of parallel lines, just as the whorls of summer’s morning fog might contrast with the crisp clean of a winter snow. The raised slip-stitch chain pattern provides texture, and the knitted-on border provides drama and contrast.

The lace border is both charted and written.

Skills required: increasing, decreasing, knitted-on cast-on, yarn overs, knitting on a border

Finished measurements: approximately 162.5 cm wide and 71 cm deep

Gauge: 18 stitches to 10 cm of blocked stockinette. Gauge is not critical but will affect the finished size and the meterage required

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for simple shawl offset by open lace border
  • Charted lace pattern included
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 735 m of heavy laceweight yarn (500 m of the body color and 235 m for the border). Sample was knit in YOTH Mother (100% wool)
  • 4.0 mm/US 6 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. Because of the large number of stitches, a circular works best
  • 20 locking stitch markers and one distinct marker (of any kind) for marking the center
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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