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Black Elephant Shawl

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The Black Elephant Shawl has been designed for the Black Elephant Yarn Advent of 2022. The shawl consists of sections of garter stitch alternated with textures of double moss stitch, brioche and brioche honeycomb stitch. The result is an engaging and motivating knit that allows the beautiful advent fade to take centre stage.

The pattern is versatile and has been designed so that it can be worked with as many as 24 colours, or as few as one.

Please note that the shawl is not designed to use all of the yarn in the advent; creating a beautiful and wearable accessory of comfortable size was prioritised over yardage.


This shawl is written in one size.

All of the following measurements are for the finished accessory:

Shawl Width: 93” / 232.5 cm

Shawl Depth: 20” / 50 cm


Achieving exact gauge is not essential for this design; however, gauge can be checked once you have worked to the end of Section 3 of the pattern.

Using 3.25 mm / US size 3 needles, at the end of Section 3 of the pattern, your (wet blocked) work should measure ~15” / 37.5 cm in width and 6” / 15 cm in depth.


The sample has been worked using the Black Elephant Yarn Advent fade set on Pure Sock base (100% Superwash Merino; 400 m / 437 yds per 100 g).


3.25 mm / US size 3 circular needle (varying cable lengths would be helpful, up to a maximum length of 40” / 100 cm)

3.5 mm / US size E-4 / UK size 9 crochet hook

scrap yarn

1 marker

tapestry needle to weave in ends

YARDAGE (includes ~10% excess)

Total yardage for the shawl design is 958 m / 1048 yds / 240 g.


-Provisional cast on

-Working an I-Cord

-Working a regular pattern of increases

-Increasing using m1R and m1L

-Working garter stitch

-Working one and two colour brioche

-Working double moss stitch

-Working brioche honeycomb stitch

-Working a regular pattern of decreases

-Working K2tog / SSSK decreases

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