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“Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.” E.M. Forster, Howards End

I always think that half of the fun of being a knitter is connecting with other knitters, which is not always easy to do. This shawl pattern was created for one of my Online Knit Retreats – an event especially created to help knitters connect with each other at a time when that was difficult to do.

The Only Connect shawl is named partly for this reason, but also after the above quotation from E.M. Forster’s Howards End. For me knitting is a hobby where creative intelligence (matching patterns with yarns, the actual knitting etc) meets logic/linguistic intelligence (the ability to read a knitting pattern), and I hope you have fun joining both the “passion” and the “prose” of the Only Connect shawl pattern: connecting the two in a knitting melee!

The pattern includes written instructions, photographs, a schematic full instructions on organising your yarn, and it has been professionally tech edited.

Kits availble for 6 colour version via

Only Connect is a large textured triangular shawl worked from the top down, with an i-cord edge. The shawl is worked using a “double-pass” method, which helps to blend the colours of the yarn in single row stripes through garter stitch, stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch sections. This technique is fully explained.
Provided that you weave in your ends neatly, Only Connect is fully reversible!

150g of 4ply / fingering-weight of approx. 425m / 465 yds per 100g in one of the three options below):
Ø Three colour version with 3x50g balls/skeins
Ø Six colour version with 6x25g balls/mini-skeins
Ø Eight colour version with 8x20g mini-skeins

Sample shows three colour version, knitted in Rusty Ferret, Doll:
Yarn A = 50g of If I Want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out: Tag Your Sources
Yarn B = 50g of Broken
Yarn C = 50g of Operation Social Justice: Heliotrope

Six colour version kits shown in photos & available via

3.75 mm / US 5 circular needle, 80cm (32”) long
One marker and one lockable marker or safety pin
Jewellery weighing scales (optional)

One size but customisable - see schematic in photos for details

You will get a PDF (1MB) file

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