Project Inspiration: Rheinlust – NorthCoast Knittery

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Project Inspiration: Rheinlust

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     Some of you locals have seen me working away on this project, and now that it's finished I am so excited to share it with you! The Rheinlust Shawl is a dreamy design by Melanie Berg, and out of everything I've ever knit for myself- this is easily my favorite.

The Rheinlust pattern is $5.53, and it requires 942 yards of a fingering weight yarn. That leaves you with a lot of options.

     Notes worth mentioning before I give you a few yarn suggestions: Not meeting the suggested stitch and row gauge (9 sts x 19 rows = 2“ x 2“) will change the amount of yarn needed to finish. Adjustments to the size can be made by including or excluding more or less pattern repeats, which will again change the amount of required yarn. This pattern is both written out and charted, so you can follow your preference! 

     As I was browsing the shop's wide variety of fingering weight yarns, I managed to narrow the options down to four that I felt best complemented the shawl's stitch pattern and style. I'll share them with you now, beginning with the least expensive choices and ending with the high-end option that ultimately won me over.

     In the $42 - $46 range, you can use 4 skeins of Vail or Villa... Which was my backup plan for this project! Both yarns are baby alpaca and bamboo blends, and the difference is Vail is available is natural undyed shades, and Villa is all bright jewel tone colors. The fiber blend lends an incredible amount of drape, luster, and softness- proving that bamboo can be an affordable alternative to silk. 

     For $48, you can grab yourself 4 skeins of Alpaca Merino, which has a sophisticated color palette to draw you in and a softness that will seal the deal. The alpaca fiber gives the finished piece drape and the slightest halo- which adds to the softness but doesn't subtract from or hide the stitch pattern. 

     For $57, 3 skeins of Alpaca Sox will do the trick. This yarn is available in a wide range of colorways, but to effectively show off Rheinlust's stitch pattern- stick to the solid or tonal colors, and save the more colorful variegated options for your next pair of socks. Alpaca Sox has all of the soft drapey perks of alpaca fiber, but with a pinch of wool and nylon for added strength and durability.

     If you can swing the $138 range, go ahead and treat yourself to 6 skeins of Asia. It's heavenly. There are plenty of options with drape and luster, but this silk & yak blend is superior to all. I am at a loss for words to describe how soft it feels. It's truly amazing. But... it's also $23 a skein. I just couldn't help myself! Asia satisfied everything I wanted for this shawl. While it cost me a pretty penny- I don't regret a thing! Having this shawl finished in one of the most luxurious yarns I've ever felt was 100% worth the price. I've worn this shawl every day since I finished it, and I don't plan on slowing down!! Unfortunately there are currently only 3 colorways of Asia that have enough in stock to finish a Rheinlust- but they are beautiful, and perfect for someone... is that someone you? Those three colors are #13, #64, and #48.

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  • Shelly Wilhelm : October 26, 2016

    Making this now. I love it but I think it’’s really difficult. I’m loving the challenge and the result but it’s taking perseverance.

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): October 20, 2016

    Hi Rose! M does stand for meters, but 145m = ~159 yards. So 6 should definitely be enough if both your stitch AND row gauge are matching the pattern! Good luck! Please feel free to email us at if you have any more worries about this. :)

  • Rose Levy Beranbaum: October 17, 2016

    PS i checked and though is says 145m on the yarn on the site it says 159 yards so looks like i have enough. also on the Asia site it indicates using 2-4 needles 6 to 7 stitches per inch so looks like i’m right on the mark. sorry for my panick!

  • Rose Levy Beranbaum: October 17, 2016

    you indicated 6 skeins of Asia which i ordered. but each skein is 145m which = only 879 m and you indicated as needing 942 yards/ i’m panicking bc i’ve already paid so much and fear running short. does m stand for meters?

    also using #4 suggested needles i’m not getting 9 st to 2", more like 12 stitches. please advise.

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): September 13, 2016

    Marsha, you can go ahead and give it a go! You would simply follow the pattern and do fewer repeats of Chart B.

  • Marsha Thompson: September 12, 2016

    I have 800 yds. of merino yarn that has been looking for a pattern. Can I alter the length or width and make it using the 800 yds. versus the 942 yrs.?

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): September 06, 2016

    Ellen, The Designer is Melanie Berg, and the finished measurements are 98.5" [250 cm] wingspan along top edge and 27.5" [70 cm] width

  • Ellen Moilanen : September 02, 2016

    I love this. Who is the designer? Finished dimensions?

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): September 02, 2016

    Hi all! This pattern is on the intermediate side… Although, it is super easy to follow because the instructions are both written out and charted! The main techniques you’ll need to be familiar with are knitting and purling through the back loop, k2tog, p2tog, p4tog, kfb… If you’re comfortable with those- then you got this! I recommend using lots of stitch markers to help keep count. :)

    The Asia colorway I used was #24, which is completely sold out. Sorry about that! You will however, find lovely grey shades in the Vail.

  • Kathryn Fay : September 02, 2016

    I love this shawl how hard is it to make

  • J crain: September 01, 2016

    Love the color you used, what is it? How complicated is the pattern?

  • Lois Geisler: September 01, 2016

    This is absolutely gorgeous. I want to do this. How hard is this pattern? I love your yarn.

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