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Castle on a Cloud Shawl

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The Castle on a Cloud is a wish and a dream - a place where no one is lonely and no one has reason to cry, where adults and children are treated with kindness, dignity, respect, and love.

There are days when the castle seems unattainable, when the news headlines make it clear that we as a society need to do better. The Castle on a Cloud Shawl was designed with the hope that we will do better, that we will celebrate diversity of color and work to create a world where the castle doesn't seem quite so far away. And it's a reminder that even when we head downwards, and no matter how far down we go, we have the ability to work our way back up.

The shawl starts at one end and increases downwards towards the center. It then decreases back to the other end to create a symmetrical triangle that is wide and shallow. The pattern is fully adjustable and includes instructions for making the shawl larger/smaller and adjusting the colors in any way. It's a practical, versatile piece - let it drape as a shawl, or wrap it around your neck as a scarf. It's cozy enough to add warmth, but lacy and lightweight so it's not too heavy.

Yarn weight: Fingering
Gauge: 22 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches in dc
Hook size: 3.25 mm (D)
Sizes available: Adjustable. 76"/193cm wingspan, 19”/48cm down the back
Crochet terminology: US

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Samples uses Yarn Over New York Broadway, 150g set of I <3 NY Rain set. It includes 230yds/50g each in I <3 NY Grey; I <3 NY Grey in the Rain; I <3 NY

Thanks to Yarn Over New York for providing the yarn for the pattern sample!

Yarn, Yardage, and Colors

The sample was created using fingering weight yarn, but can easily work in any weight from lace to bulky. It uses 230yds/50g in each of 3 coordinating colors, but can be adjusted to work with a range of yardages.

The Castle on a Cloud specifically designed to highlight fades and similar color sets, but works up beautifully in any color style from speckled to solid to gradient, and the openwork is visible even with variegated colors.

The pattern includes specific instructions for making the sample as stated and also has detailed notes for adjusting colors so you can work it using whatever color set your heart desires!


When gauge is met, 680yds/150g of fingering weight will net a shawl that has a wingspan of 76”/193cm and measures 19”/48cm down the back. Size can be customized by working extra/fewer repeats. If you customize the shawl to fit one skein, a shawl made with 450yds/100g of fingering will have a wingspan of 61”/155cm and measure 14”/35.5cm down the back.

Shape and construction

The pattern is worked seamlessly from side-to-side to create a shallow triangle.

Skills required

ch, sc, dc, dc2tog, working into the ch-space, skipping sts


This pattern and any associated images, schematics, and charts are copyright Rachy Newin Designs and may not be distributed in part or in whole without express written permission. Handmade objects created from this pattern are not subject to copyright and you can do as you please with your finished object.


Both a regular and printer friendly version are available! The regular version includes large photos on the first page and the last two pages, so print accordingly. For details on what the printer-friendly version includes, see this page. If you are working from the printer-friendly version and are having trouble with a pattern, I strongly recommend checking the regular version. The text will be easier to read and it might have more detailed instructions.

Screen Reader Accessibility

The main pattern pdf is designed to be screen reader accessible. The text is all in one column and headers are formatted according to the style sheet. The pattern is written out completely and the images have descriptive alt text.

**This is for the pdf pattern ONLY and does not include the finished objects. Unfortunately, due to the nature of digital downloads, patterns cannot be returned or exchanged for any reason. All patterns have been tested and tech edited. If you run into an issue, you are welcome to email me for pattern support. For a custom finished piece, please message me directly.**
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