Longshadows, designed by Anne Hanson for the 2011 Fall in Full Color Knitspot Club, is one of my favorite scarf / shawl patterns. I love leaf patterns, and the all-over leaf pattern of this design with the scalloped edges is beautiful and stunning in its simplicity.

It looks so pretty in all these colors! Thanks to the knitters on Ravelry who allowed me to borrow their project photos for this post (clockwise from top center: Blissknitter’s in STF Connemara, MyaLMG’s in an STF OOAK plum/purple, Knitspot’s in STF Autumn Aurora, KatRog’s in an STF OOAK blue/green, KimKimKim’s in STF Autumn Aurora, AutumnSky’s in STF Dance the Orange and JHSizzle’s in STF Autumn Aurora).

It’s designed and knit in Spirit Trail Nona, a superwash merino / cashmere / silk two-ply lace weight that is a really delightful yarn, and a perfect fiber blend for drapey lace projects. Nona is a “heavy” lace weight, so it’s perfect for new lace knitters as well as seasoned knitters, and patterns where you’d like a little more substance. One 600 yard skein is enough for the scarf size; the larger rectangular shawl requires two skeins.


Longshadows is so elegant, yet at the same time it’s a pattern that’s easy to get the hang of and memorize. It’s knit from the center out in two panels and then grafted together (which just takes patience and a bit of time, but gives the result of both sides looking the same when you wrap it around your neck). It’s been a few years since I knit my Longshadows (the bronze one on the upper left and above, in an OOAK color experiment I dyed when I first had this base spun to see how it worked with dye), but it’s still one of my favorite scarves so I thought I’d showcase it on the blog.

Also, I have to mention how much I love working with Anne Hanson. It’s always great fun to collaborate with her, and I love seeing what she creates with my yarns. Her patterns are always impeccable ~ you just can’t go wrong with a Knitspot pattern!

Leave a comment to be entered into a random drawing for a free Ravelry pattern coupon  and a skein of Nona (winner’s color choice) from my website! I’ll randomly select a winner on February 11 (check back here for a post on February 11 to see who won!).


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coloring inside and outside the lines, all the time.
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76 Responses to Longshadows

  1. Linda Kephart Fallon says:

    I would love to knit this up – preferably in that gorgeous shade of brown that you’ve shown! I rarely knit brown because it’s usually too bleh – but this is gorgeous!

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  2. Cpaknit says:

    I have some Nona in my stash, but haven’t knit with it yet. This would be the perfect excuse!

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  3. Miriam Yusov says:

    I just love everything Spirit Trail. Wish I could get it all but my funds are limited. This pattern and yarn is NO exception! I have never been disappointed in anything from Spirit Trail. Just awesome!

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  4. Alexis says:

    I’ve had my eye on this pattern since it first came out and after seeing the sample in the Spirit Trail booth at Rhinebeck, I’ve had it on my mental wish list. I really love the leafy pattern motif.

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  5. Connie says:

    Another reminder about how absolutely wonderful your Nona is and the colors are spectacular!

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  6. MaryP says:

    Would love to win — this yarn is highly recommended by my knitting pal Mya 🙂

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  7. tamihawes says:

    Love the leaves, would pick your lovely Entling to highlight them.

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  8. Sandy Cohen says:

    I love Nona and this pattern is gorgeous

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  9. Jennifer says:

    I love lace and this is beautiful.

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  10. Annie Asher says:

    Beautiful!!! How fun to be in the contest.

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  11. Becky says:

    Wow, that would be really nice, I think!

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  12. TamiH says:

    Pretty leaves, it just begs to be knit in your Entling colorway

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  13. Cheryl Vowcicefski says:

    Such a lovely pattern with leaves and the openwork looks just like branches. Would love to win!


  14. rosalyn cowell says:

    This is beautiful, i have been trying out lace lately! Thank you!

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  15. Grace says:

    What a nice pattern and yarn colour. Would love to win

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  16. Each and every one is spectacular!

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  17. Marie says:

    Such a beautiful pattern that shows its simple elegance in all sorts of colorways including the neutrals. I may have to knit this in one or two natural colors of my Romeldale CVM.

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  18. teabird says:

    what a lovely giveaway – thank you!

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  19. Pam Price says:

    Beautiful scarf and beautiful yarn. I would love to knit this!


  20. JerriF says:

    So pretty!!

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  21. Yarngiraffe says:

    I’ve yet to knit with lace, so I like the sound of a beginner-friendly lace weight. Lovely yarn and pattern!

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  22. JerriF says:

    So pretty worked up in all the different colors. I can’t decide which is my favorite!

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  23. BarbaraR says:

    I would love to win this! Love Anne’s designs, and I’ve been wanting to knit with your veautiful laceweight yarn for quite awhile now.

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  24. Kendra Williams says:

    WOW! Love the pattern – and OF COURSE, your yarn! 🙂

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  25. Sherry says:

    Love your yarn and rectangular shawls are my favorite design

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  26. Sherry says:

    Love you yarn and rectangular shawls-

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  27. Terri says:

    Thank you for a chance to win this yarn and pattern. Both beautiful.

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  28. alhbooks says:

    Aurora and I can testify that the pattern just ripples off the needles. i just snagged som Nona on destash but i wouldn’t mind be lucky enough to win this drawing 😉

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  29. Theresa Bertolasi says:

    I would love to make this beautiful shawl.

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  30. vi says:

    feb 11 is our wedding anniversary! (if i don’t kill him first)
    i like that nona it does knit up sweet

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  31. Sally says:

    I love patterns with leaves as well. This one needs to go on my to-do list!

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  32. Susan says:

    Beautiful. Sounds like an intriguing construction

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  33. Mary says:

    No better combination than Spirit Trail and Ann Hanson.

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  34. Bethanie Krein says:


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  35. Stephanie Bograd says:

    Gorgeous, and I love NOna!

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  36. YvonneMW says:

    Lovely! Both the pattern AND the yarn! I’d love to win…

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  37. Colleen Derber says:


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  38. Maureen says:

    It’s really beautiful & I’ve been wanting to try your yarn.
    Would love to win!! Thanks for the chance,

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  39. Melanie says:

    Those scarves are so beautiful it’s almost causing me physical pain. Would love for the chance to make one myself

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  40. Angel Cooper says:

    Love the leaf design and the yarn is yummy looking!

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  41. Donna says:

    Nona is definitely one of my favorite yarns! I quit knitting as much lace about a year ago, but I’m back in the swing again now and I’m knitting another Knitspot scarf/stole pattern, Isadora, in a quite-bright purple color called Super Nova. I love that this is a heavier lace weight yarn!

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  42. Anita says:

    Lovely pattern and great yarn colours. Instead of grafting, a provisional cast on should work.

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  43. drmarti says:

    I would love to enter this drawing! Lace shawls and scarfs are my favorite things to knit, and I love Spirit Trail yarn and Knitspot patterns. I haven’t tried Nona yet, so this would be a treat.

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  44. Martha says:

    I would love to enter this drawing! Lace shawls and scarfs are my favorite things to knit, and I love Spirit Trail yarn and Knitspot patterns. I haven’t tried Nona yet, so this would be a treat.

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  45. skathyj says:

    Lovely yarn and beautiful pattern. I am still very much a beginning knitter but one day hope I can tackle a scarf pattern like this.

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  46. Gloria Ross says:

    Love this scarf even more because it is knit in maybe my most
    favorite Spirit Trail yarn.

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  47. Tina says:

    What an awesome pattern, love it in the brown, so woodsie, the pattern and the color!

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  48. Vicki says:

    This is stunning and you can’t go wrong with Nona. Love it.

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  49. Sue says:

    You know I love it!

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