Wild Cosmos



Do you have a beautiful skein you want to use up entirely? This is the perfect pattern to do just that. No matter how much yarn you have and what weight your yarn is. Don’t worry about your gauge either.

The yarn I used was light fingering in weight. If you want a similar look, I suggest using a heavy lace to fingering weight. However, this pattern works with basically any yarn weight and any gauge, but the look and feel will be quite different, of course, if you use a DK weight for instance.
I used 500 meters (550 yards) of yarn. You can use more or less depending on your desired size and your gauge. The pattern is written in a way so that you will be able to use up nearly all your yarn, if that is what you want.

If you want a lacy look, you need to go up a needle size or two. It’s hard to tell how much, as it depends heavily on each knitter and the yarn as well. However, just to give you an idea: I would probably have swatched with 3 mm or 3.25 mm (US 2½ or 3) needles for a sweater in this yarn weight. But I used 4.5 mm (US 7) for the sample shawl. However, there is no right or wrong size here, go for the look YOU want. If you prefer more stitch definition and don’t like a loose fabric, that is a perfectly valid option as well.
Not sure about the needle size? Swatch and block your swatch. This is very important. If you want a lacy shawl and use bigger needles, the fabric will be rather on the loose side and it might look unruly before blocking.

stitch markers
blocking wires
blocking pins
digital scale


Bilum Loli
100% merino wool
500 meters (550 yards) / 100 grams
1 skein in Colour #03

This yarn is available at Fields of Yarn.

The needles I used
4.5 mm (US 7) circular needle, at least 100 cm (40 inches) long

167 cm x 61 cm

14 stitches / 22 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) in pattern (Chart B).
Note on yarn usage: the fabric I got with this yarn and this gauge is quite loose. The looser your fabric, the less yarn you will need for a shawl of a certain size, because the space between the yarn strands is bigger. The tighter your fabric, the more yarn you will need. When is my fabric loose? If your gauge is (much) looser than the yarn’s factory gauge, your fabric is loose. You can’t decide this by comparing needle sizes as each knitter might use a different needle size to achieve the same gauge using the same yarn.

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