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Milky Oolong

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Milky Oolong is a top-down crescent-shaped shawl with a subtle halo and delicate lace sections.

This shawl was inspired by a variety of Taiwanese tea with a subtly smooth, sweet, and creamy flavor. The Milky Oolong shawl has a cloud-like softness that comes from working with two strands of yarn: one wool, one fluff.

Milky Oolong is a joy to work on with a calming garter-stitch body and easy lace sections on the border. The shawl comes in three sizes along with instructions for adjusting the shawl size to your liking — or to available yardage.

This pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Both written and charted instructions are given for the lace pattern.

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  • Small [Medium, Large]
  • Wingspan: approx. 165 [185, 200] cm / 5’5” [6’1”, 6’7”]
  • Depth: approx. 45 [50, 60] cm / 17¾ [19¾, 23½]”



  • Yarn A: Isager Spinni or Spinni Tweed (100% wool, 300 m/50 g, 328 yd/1.76 oz), 2 skeins in the colorway #61s
  • Yarn B: Sandnes Garn Tynn Silk Mohair (57% mohair, 28% silk, 15% wool, 212 m/25 g, 232 yd/0.88 oz), 3 [4, 5] skeins in the colorway #4310
  • Yarn A: approx. 345 [500, 560] m / 375 [550, 610] yd of smooth lace-weight yarn, such as wool or wool blend
  • Yarn B: approx 500 [675, 880] m / 550 [735, 965] yd of fluffy lace-weight yarn, such as mohair, mohair/silk, or brushed alpaca
Both yarns are needed to knit the pattern. Use the yarns held together unless otherwise indicated.


  • 4.0 mm / US #6 long (80–100 cm / 32–40”) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge) for garter stitch
  • 5.0 mm / US #8 long circular needle for lace


  • 4.0 mm / US G/6 crochet hook and spare yarn for provisional cast-on
  • Darning needle
  • 1 locking stitch marker (optional)
  • Spare needle
  • 2 stitch markers


  • 18 sts × 30 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch on smaller needles with both yarns held together, blocked
  • 16 sts × 17 rows = 10 cm / 4” in lace pattern on larger needles with Yarn B, blocked


The pattern uses the following techniques: garter tab cast-on, knitted cast-on, lace, and picot bind-off. The pattern assumes the ability to work a provisional cast-on; references are given for a few alternatives. Ability to work lace from a chart is recommended but written instructions are also provided for the lace pattern.


You will get the following files:
  • PDF (532KB)
  • PDF (533KB)

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