The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
“A Dust of Snow” by Robert Frost
Every year, the intention is the same: to have a peaceful, reflective holiday season. One where the whirl of parties, plans, and presents doesn’t take over. And every year, there are days when despite our best efforts, we feel overwhelmed. This spare, gentle poem by the iconic American poet Robert Frost is like a cool hand on your forehead on those days. It’s a reminder that even the most insignificant moment (even something as tiny as a dusting of snow) can be enough to call us back to ourselves and instantly change our experience.
The Dust of Snow Wrap is designed around that idea of peaceful moments in the midst of holiday chaos. Using 24 mini skeins from Advent yarn calendars or your stash of precious scraps, it’s a fun and joyful project that can be made in little pockets of knitting time here and there throughout the season. This cosy wrap is an asymmetrical rectangle shape. It features stripes of chevrons alternating with two pretty lace patterns that are simple enough to stand out even with the wildest yarns. I’ve used fingering weight held double with mohair silk to evoke the lightness of snow and to add extra comfort and snuggly warmth, but you could always just use a fingering weight yarn on its own for a slightly narrower shawl.
Length 264cm (104”)
Width 47cm (18.5”)
Designed to use your Advent mini sets or other minis and left over yarn and is held double with mohair silk lace weight yarn throughout.
The yarn pictured in the sample is:
Herbstblatt Regina from the 2017 Advent set.
Shibui Silk Cloud (60% Mohair, 40% Silk, 302m/330yds per 25g skein) 4 skeins (Silk Cloud in one colour is held double with the fingering weight yarn throughout.)
14g (56m/61 yds) of 24 colours of fingering weight yarn or a total of 336g and 1344m/1464yds.
95g, 1148m/1254yds of mohair silk lace weight yarn
4.5mm (US 7), 60cm (24”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)
If you wish to omit the mohair silk and just use fingering weight yarn, you can and I would recommend a needle size of 4mm (US 6).