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Mokita lace shawl – pdf knitting pattern

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Mokita means “the truth that everybody knows but no one talks about”. The truth in question is mental illness. I designed this shawl to fight the stigma and raise funds for mental health – every cent of the sale price is donated. You can read why over here.

2020 update: In light of renewed state violence against Black people I am now donating proceeds to Black Minds Matter, to provide mental health support for those in particular need in these traumatic times.

This knit is both comforting and highly adaptable, with options for lace-weight or aran yarns (or try anything in between!), and a choice of garter stitch or crochet borders – perhaps in a contrast yarn? Add beads to up the glamour factor (tutorial included), or try a smooth silk yarn on the border for extra definition.

Straight edges and a lace pattern that repeats over the full length of the shawl make this a meditative knit, soothing despite the complexity. Think of a loved one and stitch your feelings for them into the fabric.

The aran version uses three skeins of the recommended yarn (715 m / 780 yds), plus a contrast yarn for the crochet border (150 m / 165 yds of DK weight), and measures 72 x 30 inches.

The lace-weight version uses four balls (835 m / 915 yds of heavy lace-weight mohair) and measures 65 x 23 inches.

If beading, you will need 300 beads. Size 6 seed beads are right for the mohair yarn.
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