Buchanan Shawl by Grace Verhagen


Channa modeling our Buchanan shawl, knit with one skein of Merino Silk Fine.

The Buchanan Shawl is a shallow, triangular shaped shawl knit from side to side. The pattern includes instructions for both a slim and wide version, depending on if you wish to create a longer or deeper shawl. It is designed to use up every inch of a special fingering-weight yarn such as Merino Silk Fine. The pattern can be modified for any amount of yarn you have available – when you have knit half of your supply, start the decrease portion of this pattern.

This shawl is dedicated to the wonderful group of women I have met through my local weavers’ and spinners’ guild. As a new member to the spinning community, they accepted me with open arms and have taught me, encouraged me, and provided an outlet for my copious amounts of enthusiasm for wool. They inspired me to create this shawl that showcases about 4 oz of handspun or a exceptional luxury yarn. As a spinner, it is important to me to use every gram of precious yarn! — Grace

Buchanan Shawl Details:

  1. MATERIALS: 1 skein SweetGeorgia Yarns Merino Silk Fine in Coral Rose (380 yd / 347 m per 3.53 oz / 100 g skein; 50% Merino Silk, 50% Cultivated Silk)
  2. SIZE FOR SLIM VERSION: 12” / 30 cm in height, 58” / 148 cm in length
  3. SIZE FOR WIDE VERSION: 16 ½” / 42 cm in height, 52” / 133 cm in lenght
  4. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic understanding of lace knitting, short rows (wrap & turn).
  5. PATTERN NOTES: There are instructions for two shawl sizes included in this pattern; a slim and a wide version. Charts for all written instructions on the last pages of this pattern. If using a handspun yarn, or if you are wishing to work a predetermined amount of yarn within this shawl, take note of the total weight of your yarn before casting on. By weighing your remaining yarn as you knit, you can ensure you have enough yarn to finish your project by starting the decrease section while you still have over 50% of your yarn left. Please ensure that you pick up any wraps as you encounter them and that any yarn-overs completed before a wrap & turn have not been lost.

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