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Feshie Shawl

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The sensory shock of wild swimming - icy water, splashes, currents and warm sun on skin - commands your full attention even as it refreshes and restores you. This shivering charge inspires a shawl that uses lace and texture to suggest the meandering tributaries of Highland rivers, their small islands and inlets and even their smooth pebbles.

The Feshie Shawl is inspired by the flow of Highland rivers: the meandering tributaries; the large smooth pebbles; and the small islands and inlets.
These ideas translate into the shawl design through lacy sections which contrast with opaque garter stitch shapes, and winding stocking stitch columns, which continue horizontally across the whole expanse of the shawl.

Beginning each half with just a few stitches, this lace shawl is knitted from side to side and constructed in two halves which are joined together after the knitting is complete. Lacy sections are set against opaque garter stitch and waving stocking stitch columns.

Originally published in November 2020 as part of the Black Isle Yarns Perspectives Collection. Unless otherwise noted, all landscape photographs © Jeni Reid

Auchen Yarn kits available from
Cambrian Wool kits available from

Samples knitted in:
Black Isle Yarns Auchen (sport weight; 410m / 448 yds per 110g skein; 40% Bluefaced Leicester, 30% Cheviot, 30% Shetland)
Raspberry (Cochineal); 2 x 110g skeins (pink version)
Haar (Natural); 2 x 110g skeins (natural version)

Alternative suggested yarn:
5 balls/cakes of Cambrian Wool, 4ply (4ply / fingering weight; 150m / 165 yds per 50g ball/cake; 100% Welsh wool)
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One size
Length: 264 cm / 104 in
Depth: 78 cm / 30.75 in

18sts and 21 rows over 10 cm / 4 in, lace pattern.
Block your swatch according to the finishing directions before measuring. The tension is not critical for this project, but will affect the amount of yarn used and the size of the finished shawl.

Tapestry needle
Stitch markers (optional)
1 spare needle, 4.5 mm or smaller

4.5 mm / US 7 straight or circular needle (any length) Stitch markers (optional)
Waste yarn, stitch holder or spare needle
1 spare needle or DPN in size 5.5mm or two sizes bigger than gauge needle, for 3-needle cast-off

chart & written equivalents
lace knitting
3-needle cast-off (fully explained)
You will get a PDF (2MB) file