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Sos (meaning break, pause, or rest in Irish) came into existence during the early stages of Covid-19 lockdown. I wanted to knit something soothing, simple, and comforting while the world was being turned upside down & inside out. 

Sos is a simple asymmetric shawl, worked in alternating stripes of garter stitch and stocking stitch. The pattern begins by casting on just a few stitches, and increasing as you work. Slip stitch columns create vertical stripes through the shawl, before finishing with applied i-cord edging.

The samples are worked in monochrome-ish colour pairings with a wee splash of high contrast. The Milarrochy tweed colours are surprisingly complex, with a blend of different colours in each shade. The mohair content works well with the texture of garter and stocking stitch, to create a very subtle halo.

Small: Wingspan 143 cm / 56 inches. Depth 65 cm / 25.5 inches.
Large: Wingspan 192 cm / 75.5 inches. Depth 88 cm / 34.5 inches.

Fingering / 4 ply weight yarn in the following quantities:
Small MC 389 m / 425 yds. CC1 226 m / 247 yds. CC2 56 m / 61 yds.
Large MC 630 m / 689 yds. CC1 470 m/ 514 yds. CC2 95 m / 104 yds.

Samples use KDD & Co Milarrochy Tweed (70% wool / 30% mohair.  Single ply.   100m / 109 yards per 25g ball).
Small: MC Hirst, 4 balls. CC1 Stockiemuir, 3 balls. CC2 Campion, 1 ball.
Large: MC Bruce, 7 balls. CC1 Birkin, 5 balls. CC2 Buckthorn, 1 ball.


22 sts and 45 rows per 10 cm / 4” in pattern.
Differences in gauge will affect yarn usage and finished size. 

3.25mm circular or size needed to achieve gauge, 80cm / 32” or 100 cm / 40” long.

Additional Materials
Darning needle for weaving in ends, stitch markers.
Spare circular needle, same size as gauge or smaller, to be used for picking up stitches.
Blocking: Wool-suitable detergent, towel, pins, foam mats/towel or similar flat surface.

This purchase is for a digital knitting pattern containing instructions to make your own version of the pictured handknit item.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (3MB)
  • PDF (3MB)