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!).


76 thoughts on “Longshadows

  1. 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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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      1. OMG!!! So excited!! Thank you so much.
        I will check out the color choices and let you know.
        Again, Thanks!!!


  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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