Posted by: spinnyknitter | February 20, 2012

Elowen Shawl

New Pattern Day!  Elowen Shawl is a top down triangular shawl featuring a slip stitch color pattern and your choice of two different border treatments.  Sizing for the shawl may be very easily altered by adjusting the number of pattern repeats in each section.

This shawl came  about one day last fall in the midst of our fall shipment arrivals at 88 Stitches Yarn Shop.  On this one glorious day we received two shipments.  The first was an order from Handmaiden which always has us swooning but then another shipment arrived.  It was the Malabrigo Arroyo that we had all been dreaming of and waiting for.  It was sensory overload in the yarn shop!  The yarns were all so gorgeous and I fondled and swooned and changed my mind a hundred times because I wanted it all.  Then I saw a skein of Malabrigo Arroyo in the colorway Glitter in my pile of yarn next to a skein of Handmaiden Casbah in the colorway Minegold.  Wow, the combination produced another swoon from me and a secret wish to use the two colors in a design project.  The Elowen Shawl is what came out of that chance encounter between two luxury yarns who met in a crowded yarn shop and fell in love.

The Arroyo and the Casbah came home with me that day, along with a few (ahem!) other skeins.   And I came up with another combination for a second version of the pattern using Arroyo in the colorways Plomo and Borrajas.  This combination seemed a little more feminine and I decided it needed a touch of lace to finish it off.

I’ve given you both options for the border in the pattern.   The plain garter border of the Brown/Gold sample or the touch of lace shown on the Grey/Pink sample.  You decide which border suits your chosen color combination.

The slip stitch colorwork pattern is so much fun to work.  You are only knitting with one color per row!  It’s so easy but also fun and interesting to knit.  I hope you will give it a try.  It has an amazing texture that I simply love.

Play with the sizing to suit your yarn quantities.  The stocking stitch section and/or the colorwork section may  be adjusted to any depth desired.

Any fingering weight yarn will work with this pattern but if you can get your hands on a skein of Malabrigo Arroyo (my new favourite Malabrigo yarn) and/or a skein of Handmaiden Casbah (one of my all time fave yarns)  then I guarantee you will be in yarn heaven.  You will be the maitre de serving up champagne and chocolates to the yarn skeins cozied up and snuggling each other at the table.

Elowen Shawl released on Ravelry today.


  1. This is a beautiful shawl, both versions. I love the touch of lace on the lavendar/grey one….yet the brown/gold one is very elegant with the simple border.

    I have been searching for the perfect project for my Koigu yarn, and this pattern is it. There is enough solid stockinette to show the luscious colours of Koigu, and the interesting texture of the pattern stitch border puts the right amount of mystery into the fabric.

    Thank you for your lovely patterns, they are such fun.

  2. It was a very good day at the shop! Glad you were inspired to create this lovely shawl.

  3. So breathtakingly beautiful!!!

    • Thank you so much 🙂

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