Frida Mystery Knitalong donnarossa knitting pattern

Inspired by the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, this MKAL offers the opportunity to play with knitting directions, patterns and colours.

Frida is another direction to knit a shawl, but in the end, you will have a unique and beautiful shawl!

The construction of Frida is perfect for people who don’t like to cast on a lot of stitches. Frida MKAL combines garter stitch with lace (hint: no brioche involved).

I use three colours in a fingering weight yarn combined with a Kidsilk lace weight.

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Cowgirlblues Merino Twist (100% Superwash Merino; 150 m / 164 yards per 50 g)
• 1 ball in Cobalt (yarn A, YA)
50 g / 150 m / 164 yards used for the sample

• 1 ball in Black (yarn B, YB)
45 g / 135 m / 148 yards used for the sample

• 2 balls in Silver Fox (yarn C, YC)
80 g / 240 m / 263 yards used for the sample

Kremke Soul Wool Silky Kid (72% Mohair, 28% Silk; 210 m / 230 yards per 25 g ball)
• 1 ball in 57 grey (yarn D, YD)
18 g / 152 m / 166 yards used for the sample


Together with N13 I put kits (yarn, pattern and pin) together.


3.5 mm / US # 4 circular needle, or size to obtain gauge, at least 100 cm / 39” in length


24 sts x 48 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch using YA, after blocking

Row gauge is less important for this pattern.


  • 16 stitch markers (at least one of them should be a locking stitch marker)
  • tapestry needle



Yarn choice
If you substitute yarns A-C, make sure, you use springy yarn. I don’t recommend pure or blends with silk or cotton.

If you don’t like to work with Kidsilk, you can also substitute it with a fingering weight yarn. Be aware that you need more yarn if you substitute YD with a fingering weight (around 60 g / 180 m / 197 yards).

Yarn colours
I used solid colours. I would not recommend using variegated or speckled yarns. Only YC might work with speckles.

The higher the contrast (light - dark) between the colours the better. And remember, go bold!

As for YB, I chose the darkest colour or a colour of pop.
YD should be either the same colour as YA (for a calmer look) or as YC (for a stripier look).

It’s very helpful to use pointy needles for this technique and you should be familiar with the magic loop technique.

Clues - Release dates
Frida is a mystery knitalong. That means you get the instructions in bits and pieces. In total there are three clues.

Clue 1: Friday 11 September 2020
Clue 2: Friday 25 September 2020
Clue 3: Friday 16 October 2020


  • knit and purl
  • increases and decreases
  • lace

The pattern comes in written instructions.


one size; adjustable


A - depth: ? cm / ?”
B - width: ? cm / ?”



James Bartley

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