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Quiescence Shawl

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Are you someone who likes to ‘germinate’ an idea for a new knitting project? Do you feel a spark of excitement when you begin matching-up your chosen pattern with the perfect yarn? Or maybe the real enjoyment is when you cast on those first few tantalising stitches?

Did you know that there’s a botanical equivalent to this feeling? It’s called “quiescence” and it’s when seeds are resting, waiting to germinate and grow. As soon as I read about it, it quickly became the inspiration behind this beautiful shawl design!

The Quiescence Shawl begins with a few of those exciting cast-on stitches and quickly grows into a large easy-to-wear asymmetrical triangular shawl. The shawl’s soothing garter-stitch background is covered with a beautiful travelling slipped-stitch and eyelet pattern, suggesting germinating seeds and spring-like growth.

It’s my hope that as your Quiescence Shawl grows, your knitting skills and knowledge will grow also, whether that’s finding out how to work travelling stitches quickly and without a cable needle, how to work simple short rows in order to widen the shape of your shawl, learning how to knit a larger shawl by weighing your yarn, or perhaps finding an easy way to make and add tassels to your shawl.

The pattern includes links to video and photo tutorials to help you ‘grow’ your knitting skills, and includes charts (and equivalent written instructions), photographs, a schematic and has been professionally tech edited and test knitted. All of this will help you to create a shawl that you feel proud of and that is wonderful to wear.

Yarn kits available for medium 2-colour version via

Quiescence is a triangular shawl that’s knitted sideways, beginning at one corner and working down to the cast-off edge. A slipped stitch and travelling stitch pattern is worked across the shawl on top of a garter st background. A new repeat of the pattern is added every 12 rows. Simple short rows are used to widen the edge of the shawl and once finished, tassels are added along the cast-off edge.

Medium 2-Colour 4ply Sample (turquoise):
Jamieson & Smith, 2ply Jumper Weight (light 4ply / fingering weight; 115m / 126 yds per 25g ball; 100% Real Shetland Wool); Main Colour (MC): 100g in 1280 Mix (light turquoise); Contrast Colour (CC): 50g in FC39 Mix (dark turquoise)
Large 1-Colour DK Sample (green):
Kettle Yarn Co., Northiam DK (double-knit; 117m / 127 yds per 50g skein; British Bluefaced Leicester); 4 skeins in Samphire
NOTE: If you’d like to create a two-colour version in DK, you’ll need around 1/3 – 1/4 of your total yarn amount in the CC.

Med(4ply/fingering): 3.75mm / US 5
Lrg (DK): 5mm / US 8
Either a circular needle, 80 cm (32”) long or straight needles
25 stitch markers or small yarn loops
Cable needle, 1 lockable marker for short rows, crochet hook for attaching tassels and weighing scales (all optional)

Med(4ply/fingering): 18 sts x 30 rows = 10 cm / 4” measured over slipped st pattern, after blocking
Lrg(DK): 14 sts x 26 rows = 10 cm / 4” measured over slipped st pattern, after blocking

Med(4ply/fingering): 141cm / 55.5” wide and 92cm / 36.25” along cast-off edge
Lrg(DK): 175 cm / 71” wide and 114 cm / 45” along cast-off edge
It is also possible to extend the shawl and instructions are given in the pattern to do this.

chart (& written equivalents)
You will get a PDF (1MB) file