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Beadwork, by Jade Starmore, knit from Wendy Guernsey, using 2.75mm needles.

Mystic Shawls

Last week I got a review copy of Mystic Shawls, a pattern collection by Anna Dalvi. right now it is available as an eBook only — hard copies will be shipping later this month.


Anna Dalvi is a prolific designer — if you look on Ravelry, you will find that she has 103 pattern posted there. This book is a collection of 14 lace shawls that were all originally part of knit-alongs (KALs). I pause to contemplate this: Anna Dalvo has hosted 14 shawl KALs.

These 14 shawls are Anna’s “Mystic” Collection — all have Mystic in their name. And they are all drool-worthy. I say this as someone who is extremely picky about lace patterns: one little thing that seems “off” to me can ruin a whole pattern and I won’t consider it. so this is amazing: a book with 14 patterns and not a dog in the bunch. (Apologies to all the dogs out there. I am a cat person.)

The shawls are in several shapes: triangle, rectangle, square, circle, semi-circle, and crescent, so there is something for everyone. Most of the patterns are knit from laceweight yarns, with a few written for fingering weight and one for sport weight. The lace motifs are all charted (I can’t even begin to imagine the proofreading nightmare that would ensue if they were written out line by line) and the charts are large and clear. The designs are beautifully photographed by Caro Sheridan and there are multiple views of each design so you can really see what each one looks like.

You can see all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

I’ve had a hard time picking my favorites. Mystic Embers jumped out at me immediately:


I love how the diamond-shaped motif is placed into the rectangular shawl — so different!

I also love Mystic Roses:


Such a lovely large shawl!

And Mystic Delight is . . . well . . . a delight!


I love the mixture of color and lace here.

Go see all the designs on Ravelry! Which are your favorites?

You can purchase the eBook via Ravelry from the above link. You can also purchase a copy from the publisher, Cooperative Press.

You can also enter my contest to try to win a copy of the eBook. 🙂

To enter the contest, please leave a comment on this post telling which of the 14 shawls from Mystic Shawls is your favorite. To be eligible for the draw, leave your comment by 11:00 am Eastern time on Sunday, June 22, 2014. At that time the Random Number Generator will choose a winner.

Must dash — Loki and I have lots to do today!



  1. Michele says:

    LOVE the Mystic Roses!!!!

  2. I’ve loved Anna for years — very talented and prolific. Mystic Embers (but it wasn’t easy to decide) is my favorite right now. Thanks for doing this.

  3. Susan Stone says:

    what beautiful shawls! I want to start every one right now. Which one to choose first!

  4. Charlotte says:

    On my first look through, I like Mystic Light the best. They are all lovely

  5. Sharon M2 says:

    Mystic earth is beautiful!

  6. I’m a sucker for roses so Mystic Roses is my choice.

  7. Those are gorgeous, all of them. The Mystic Ice might be my favorite. That price is a great bargain as well.
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  8. Carolyn Niceforo says:

    I would knit mystic roses first for my daughters wedding shawl and then mystic embers for my shawl for the wedding all the shawls in this collection are beautiful please enter me in the drawing thank you

  9. Lu Mahon says:

    Oh my! Such a decision. Narrowed it to Mystic Diamonds, Mystic Earth, and Mystic Star. I think I will knit Mystic Star first as my favorite!

  10. I think my favourite is Mystic Delight; I love 2 colour shawls
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  11. Mystic Midsummer looks like the one for me! Love your work too!

  12. jillserenity says:

    I would love to knit Mystic Fire, but it’s hard to pick a favorite. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Karen Kennedy says:

    Mystic Stars! They are all beautiful!

  14. Deborah Gajee says:

    Mystic delight thanks!!!!!!

  15. They are all so beautiful! I like the Mystic Star and Mystic Air. I can’t pick just one!
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  16. Donna Hernandez says:

    They are beautiful, but my fav is Mystic Earth!!! Love it !!

  17. mystic fire! Thanks for the opportunity!

  18. Rae Gommel says:

    I would have to go with Mystic Ice… Winter is Coming as the Stark’s would say.

  19. Anita Dodds says:

    I love Mystic Mid-summer. All are incredible. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Loving that mystic delight pattern! it’s amazing. I think I’d bust out some wollmeise for it.

  21. Really? You want us to choose? I don’t know if I can. I do love Mystic Star and Mystic Earth and well……I think I love them all and would love to have them all! Thank you for your generosity!

  22. Diane G. says:

    What a beautiful book of lace shawls !

  23. Bertha Mallard says:

    What a wonderful collection. I know that I’m influenced by the colors of the shawls pictured, but I really do like Mystic Waters.

  24. Lovely patterns! I like the variety of shapes offered.

  25. Anne Marie B says:

    Mystic Desire is spectacular!

  26. They all so pretty but the one that catches my eye is the Mystic Roses.

    Thank you Wendy for the chance!

  27. Gee, this is the first time that I’ve had to think hard before entering a give away! They are all beautiful, but I think I like Mystic Air the best.

  28. NanaDeb says:

    Love shawls! These are just gorgeous! Thank you for the opportunity – I’m excited!

  29. Susan James says:

    OMG!! those are all beautiful!! esp Mystic Earth and Mystic Rose!!
    I collect shawl patterns, because you can never have TOO many shawls!! LOL!

  30. Such a hard choice. They are all beautiful. My favorite is Mystic Earth, but Mystic Air is a close second.
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  31. Lee Long says:

    I’m torn between mystic air and mystic star they are both gorgeous. If I could only pick one it would have to be mystic air.

  32. LP Starr says:

    I like the mystic air the best, although it is very difficult to choose even my 2 favorites.

  33. kathyann says:

    They are all beautiful. Really liked midsummer wreath as I like the crescent shape.

  34. This is sooo difficult… Like picking a favorite child! All the Shawls are stunning!
    Mystic Air is so light and airy and square. I would be very tempted to CO that one first, but would love the idea of knitting each for an amazing collection !
    Thank you so much for the chance!
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  35. Kathy M says:

    I absolutely love Mystic Delight, though Mystic Fire is a close second since I have an awesome variegated red yarn I’d love to use on it!

  36. Mystic Fire, but it is so hard to choose just one!

  37. The shawls are lovely- Mystic Waters is my favorite, though-

  38. I am torn between Mystic Air and Mystic Star for which one to knit first!

  39. HennaLadyKim says:

    Instantly I was drawn to Mystic Fire then to Mystic Waters… Lovely designs!

  40. Sarah Fuller says:

    Thanks Wendy for the ooh at the book and the chance!
    My fave at the moment is mystic light. Lots to do there.
    thanks again,
    Sarah F.

  41. Hard to decide, but Mystic Desire is beautiful. But so is Mystic Embers ~ but they all are stunning! What an accomplishment it would be to complete either. Thanks for a chance to win 🙂

  42. So hard to choose! But it’s hard to pass up the beautiful circular Mystic Star.
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  43. Melanie says:

    SO HARD TO CHOOSE! My favorite is Mystic Roses!

  44. Jenny Rafferty says:

    All beautiful but Mystic Light would be my favourite!

  45. Barbara Altman says:

    Mystic earth draws me. That’s unusual, as I’m normally more of a triangle person. I just love the designs. Hope I win!

  46. Heather D says:

    My favorite is mystic fire…but they’re all lovely! I thin I’d drool over the book a while before starting. Please magic number generator gods pick me!

  47. I participated in the Mystic Light KAL – absolutely beautiful! I do love the Mystic Earth shawl…

  48. Mystic Ice, wait, maybe Mystic Waters, or Mystic Midsummer or…
    I think I need this book and lots of lace yarn.

  49. Carol F. says:

    I think Mystic Fire is my favorite. They are all so beautiful it is really hard to choose.

  50. Sue Horlander says:

    They are all beautiful, but it was attracted to Mystic Delight. I so look forward to your blog and appreciate you taking the time to share.

  51. Marilyn says:

    These shawls are beyond gorgeous! What amazing talent these demonstrate. I love them all , but the stitch patterns of Mystic Earth make this my favorite.

  52. technikat says:

    Thanks for bringing this wonderful book to our attention. All the shawls are beautiful.
    I’m having a hard time choosing just one. Should it be Mystic Waters or Mystic Diamonds or….

  53. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    This is tough.

    Choosing Mystic Roses — like the contrast of the border with the body of the shawl.

    Thanks again, Wendy

  54. Mystic Embers is my favorite too!

  55. Catherine S. says:

    Aquarius (air sign) that I am, I do love Mystic Air the best. I’m looking for a shawl design for my beloved niece’s wedding (not ’til 2016) but I don’t think one of these is it. Not for HER, anyway. 😉

  56. Christine says:

    So hard to pick, but I think Mystic Waters has to be my fave!

  57. Mystic Ice is so ethereal. That’s definitely my favorite. However, I’d probably be most likely to start knitting Mystic Earth.
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  58. Those shawls are beautiful! I just finished knitting a first large lace shawl for a niece’s wedding and am ready for more.

  59. Mystic Roses is GORGEOUS! Thank you for a chance to win this beautiful collection.

  60. Mystic delight looks gorgeous

  61. They are all beautiful but I think my favorite is Mystic Light.

  62. Hard to decide Mystic Roses just because its red 🙂

  63. What a beautiful ebook. I love them all.

  64. Mystic Earth, Mystic Embers and Mystic Meadows are my favorites. I love the rectangular shape and the patterns are divine.

  65. Hope Kehrhahn Hyatt says:

    All are gorgeous, if I have to select one it is Mystic Desire. Thank you for this opportunity.

  66. Oh dear….I think Mystic Midsummer Wreath is my favorite. I don’t have a need for large shawls and I’m finding that I like crescent shaped ones so this one stuck out for me 🙂
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  67. Mystic Ice….gorgeous!!!

  68. They are all beautiful so it was very hard to pick just one. I think Mystic ice might be the first one I would make. With others to follow if I owned the book. 😉

  69. Claudia K says:

    Mystic Delight is gorgeous and my favorite. I love the colors shown but I’d also love to do it with some purple shades.

  70. Joan Gaslowitz says:

    Mystic Fire! I’m from South Florida, and it’s a good weight and size for me!

  71. I think I’d start with Mystic Fire. It looks like it is the right size, and sturdy enough, to ‘toss’ into my purse for those warm days into cool evenings that we have in Oregon, and it will be a killer wrap in frigid grocery stores. In fact I really need this shawl.

  72. Peggy aka PickleSoup says:

    I ADORE Mystic Waters. I love it when lace ‘fakes’ another knitting design. In this case, it’s cables! I love that effect. Brilliant. Thanks for the opportunity to enter for this! Fun!

  73. Rusty Boyd says:

    I love Mystic Fire. I really like the designs in that one and the orange color.

  74. I like Mystic Star as a design, but I doubt that I’d actually enjoy wearing a circular shawl, so if I were going to knit a shawl, I’d probably go with mystic roses. But if I had another use for a circle (?tablecloth), I might try the star.

  75. Definitely Mystic Star. They are all “to dye for”, but Mystic Star is a whisper I’d love to knit.

  76. I actually think they are all beautiful. I think Mystic Meadows is my favorite though if I have to pick one.

  77. Mystic Roses is just lovely! Thank you for the chance to win:-)

  78. Scottie Hugghis says:

    Decisions, decisions. . I like Mystic Light and Midsummer.

  79. Alicia Grayson says:

    Lovely shawls! Love to try them out.
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  80. wow! that is a tough choice – probably Mystic Star

  81. Mystic Waters for me!

    Thank you for the chance to win.

  82. Wow, they are all beautiful, but Mystic Delight Wins my vote.
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  83. I’m thinking mystic waters and mystic roses are my favorites… Maybe add some beads?!

  84. What beautiful shawls, each and everyone! I am so addicted to shawl knitting so I would LOVE this ebook.

  85. I was around for several of the KALs, added the designs to my Ravelry queue, even bought yarn to make some of them, but I haven’t yet. It would be lovely to have the whole collection of patterns.
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  86. Oh, Mystic Earth is just stunning!
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  87. Debbie S says:

    Mystic Embers is lovely and caught my eye. All are pretty

  88. Tiffanie says:

    Oh, I like Mystic Waters.

    But Loki’s sleepy face is better.


  89. Beautiful lace shawls

  90. Oh my! What a gorgeous collection of shawls! Be still my knitter’s heart! I just acquired some very lovely deep purple lace-weight yarn that would be perfect for the Mystic Rose, my favorite design. Random Generator, would you please pick me? I really want to win.

  91. Cindy Lynne says:

    I love mystic ember!

  92. Debbie M says:

    Ohmygosh, the motifs on these designs are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for introducing me to Anna Dalvi’s designs, Wendy.

  93. Absolutely divine! Shawls are a perfect gift for any woman at any age! A definite must have in any knitters library. Thank you for a chance to receive a free copy. Love your blog.

  94. Christina says:

    So many beauties, but my favorite is Mystic Star. Thanks for your post and the chance to win the e-book; Anna Dalvi is a new-to-me designer.

  95. love the mystic fire, but since I just bought a skein of 700 yds lace wt this morning (anzula mermaid) I think I would go for the mystic roses!
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  96. I like Mystic Light-great shape and can be done in many colors.

  97. Janelle Serio says:

    These are all so amazing! Who could choose? I love Mystic Air, Star and Delight. I want to make them all and I don’t usually make shawls!!!!

  98. I like Mystic Star and Mystic Delight.

  99. Love Mystic Waters!

  100. It’s so hard to chose only one of these beauties. I think I would start with Mystic Star even if Mystic Light and Mystic Water are my favorites too.