SquishyLove Shawl

December 29, 2010

A raveller wrote and asked me for the pattern.  There was no pattern.    But I may as well make one!  Why not!

Suggested yarn weight: DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)
I knitted this with : 5 balls of “foliage” Morris Quartet 8ply;  and mixed it with leftovers of Noro Silk Garden, maybe a skein or two in total:  mainly used the string and greyish colours from the black/grey coloured balls (colour: 47), and the occasional row with the pink/red coloured balls (colour: 84).
Needle size: US 8 – 5.0 mm

yf = yarn forward (yarn forward and over needle, as if to purl.  Used to make a stitch between two knit stitches)
sl1 = slip 1 (slip the next stitch on to the right hand needle without knitting it)
psso = pass slipped stitch over (on the right hand needle there will be a knit stitch, and to the right of it a slipped stitch.  Lift the slipped stitch using the point of the left hand needle, over the 1 knit stitch and drop it off the needle, leaving the 1 knit stitch still on the right hand needle)

First knitted for Meher.  I started it, then paused to knit something else, then came back to it.  So it probably took about a fortnight to knit, as a casual knitting project.

This shawl is knitted along the length, so it has a smaller number of looong rows rather than an enormous number of short rows.  Be prepared for some calming, mindless knitting.  Good for knitting group meetings, visits to hospital, waiting rooms and other stop-start, low attention environments.

Nr stitches:
I did a swatch, and worked out how long I wanted it to end up.  I used a circular needle, with about a 120cm or so long cable, and cast on about three hundred stitches I think.  Maybe 270?

Colours and texture:
I always had two balls of wool in the mix.  With that many stitches and being in a hurry, I knitted (i.e. mostly not purl, only knit stitches) almost every row, which gives it an uneven, generally garter stitch look.  I prefer garter stitch for colours as it breaks up the stripes.

Having two balls of wool means means that sometimes you have two colours at the start of the row, you’ll pick up colour 1 and knit to the end of the row, and then you’ll have two colours, one at each end.  You have the choice to either turn and continue with colour 1, or go back to the start of the row,  pick up colour 2 and knit with that.  Or you can purl with it!

I occasionally a quick section of stockingette to change the texture (about one or two every inch).  (i.e, knit one row, turn and purl back; or, knit one row, pick up colour from the other end of the knitting and knit again).  Apologies, I can’t think of a less confusing way to explain this.  Let me know if it’s confusing you.

Lacy rows
To get the rows of holes, every now and again, I did the following three rows:

Starting when both colours are at the start of the row.
Row 1:  Knit to end
Row 2:  K1, *yf, sl1, K1, psso, repeat from * to end, maybe K1 or K2 at the end depending on how many stitches you had.
Row 3:  Purl to end   (If you hate purl, you could knit to end, it would look less smooth is all)

I knitted till I ran out of wool.  I thought it wouldn’t be big enough, but when I washed and blocked it, it turned out almost perfect.

Re long tailed cast on with two colours:
I cast on using the long-tail cast on, but when you have two colours you can just start at the beginning of each ball of wool, using one colour for the “top” and the other colour for the “bottom” of the cast on, and you don’t have to worry about running out of wool in the “tail”.

My original project with more photos:

Inspiration from


14 Responses to “SquishyLove Shawl”

  1. Malena Says:

    love love love!

  2. pk Says:

    A perfect project for my newly knitting daughter, she loves this style, thanks for sharing your design!

  3. GreenPea Says:

    Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern.

  4. Jean Thielmann Says:

    Thanks so much for posting these directions! I do hae one question…when you say you have two balls of yarn going at one time…I am assuming you mean two balls of the quartet varigated yarn, and just occasionally throwing in one of the Noro? It really is beautiful!

  5. MrsWall Says:

    Actually I typically had one ball of the Quartet and one of the Noro …

    What happened was, I used the Noro to make a cardigan, and in that project I only wanted dark colours. So whenever I got to a pale section in the Noro wool, I broke the yarn, wound the pale section into a separate ball, until I got to dark colours again. Then I broke the yarn again, reattached it to my project, and carried on knitting in dark colours. The result was a collection of pale coloured Noro, typically colours like “straw”, “string”, “tan”, and also some greens and greys: perfect as a foil to the green Quartet.

    I very occasionally used a bit of pink / red in Noro to give that bit of contrast; otherwise, the Noro isn’t very visible in the photo, but when you look at the shawl you can see the different yarns by texture.

    See cardigan here.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Thank you sooooooooooooo much!!!! This is a beautiful cowl that I will love making

  7. Sandra B Says:

    Yes, it is so so beautiful. I really love the colours to be sure.

  8. Sandy B Says:

    June 11, 2012

    Good Afternoon.. Yes, as everyone has said, this Shawl is simply exquisite. And as I commented before, I love the colours. And thank goodness hardly NO Short Rows.. Oh Yippee. Sure hope I read things correctly – there are only 3 ROWS to the PATTERN ?
    Or have I missed something here ?

    What other yarn could we use as I can’t get the Morris yarn here in Vancouver. Noro we can get here.

    Thanks again for sharing.
    Toodles & Happy Knitting. Sandy

  9. MrsWall Says:

    Hi SandyB,
    I’d say, use any yarn you like the colour and feel of.
    Regarding three rows in the pattern, well, there’s three rows in the lacy bit, which you do whenever you feel its time for a row of holes. Otherwise, you alternate between all knit rows, and patches of stocking stitch. So what that means is that you might start and go

    Row 1: knit colour 1
    Row 2: knit colour 1
    Row 3: knit colour 2
    Row 4: knit colour 3
    Row 5: purl colour 3
    Row 6: knit colour x
    Row 7: purl i’ve lost track of where the colours will be by now!
    Row 8: knit
    Row 9: knit
    Row 10: knit
    Starting when both colours are at the start of the row.
    Row 11: Knit to end
    Row 12: K1, *yf, sl1, K1, psso, repeat from * to end, maybe K1 or K2 at the end depending on how many stitches you had.
    Row 13: Purl to end (If you hate purl, you could knit to end, it would look less smooth is all)

    Note, if you are using circular needles, you can have more control over the colours, for example,at Row 4 you could go
    Row 4: purl using colour 1, starting at the ‘wrong’ end

    The main thing is that you go for unevenness, so that it’s textured and interesting.

  10. Jill R. Says:

    I made a squishy scarf using Noro Silk Garden and alternating 2 merino colors. . Thanks for the inspiration! 😀


  11. Doris reynolds Says:

    After the passo row I have less stitches on, how do I get the full # of stitches back?

  12. M-R Says:

    Simple for you, but I couldn’t come up with ANY pattern ! 🙂

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