Finished Objects: The Anonymous Shawl

I was taken with the design of this shawl as soon as it came across my Instagram feed. The textures just grabbed me, and I loved every bit of it.

It’s beautiful in one color, but because of the different sections and stitch patterns, I immediately envisioned it in three colors. The textured stitch pattern just screamed that it needed to be knit in speckles or variegated yarn. And I thought those textured sections would look really beautiful sandwiched between sections of different colored stripes.


I had just created my new colorway, Spectrum, and was captivated by it, so of course I had to knit it in this beautiful textured stitch. I had also dyed a new batch of Black Cherry and noticed how nicely it complimented and brought out the deep red speckles in Spectrum. These two colors would be great coupled with a dark neutral, so I chose The Witching Hour as the third color.

The first adjustment I made to the pattern was to knit it in fingering weight instead of dk weight. I chose Sunna because it’s wonderfully soft, drapey and luxurious; the perfect yarn for knitting next-to-skin projects. I don’t wear shawls all that much, but I wear scarves all the time, so I thought the lighter weight yarn would make a smaller accessory that I could just wrap around my neck. I stuck with the size 4 needle per pattern, though, since I wanted it to be light and drapey. As you can see from the photos, it can still be worn as a shoulder shawl (although I did block it fairly severely to get that lovely stitch pattern to pop).


My Anonymous Shawl, modeled by my beautiful daughter, Caragh, who is way more photogenic than I am

Here are my notes on how I adjusted this shawl for three colors, for those of you who purchased the yarn at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, or saw my shawl and want to knit a three-color version, and anyone else out there who’d like to knit this lovely pattern in three colors.

First off, if you haven’t purchased Verena’s pattern, you can do so on Ravelry, here. (There is a printable / downloadable PDF of these adjustments at the bottom of this blog post, too 🙂 ).

Color A: The Witching Hour
Color B: Black Cherry
Color C: Spectral

Color A

Section A.1:
Rows 1-2: Color A
Rows 3-4: Color B
Rows 5-6: Color A



Section B.1:
Color B

Section C.1:
Color C

Section B.2
Revise section as follows:
At the end of previous section, do not turn your work. Cut Spectrum (leaving enough to sew the end in), slide stitches to the other side of the needle, and knit with Color B as follows:
Row 1: K3, Kfb, K to last 4 stitches, Kfb, K3
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K3, Kfb, {K2tog, YO} repeat to last 5 stitches, K1, Kfb, K3
Row 4: Knit
(NOTE: You are Kfb in this section, NOT Kfbf 🙂


Section A.2:
Row 1-2: Color A
Row 3-4: Color B

Section B.3:
Color B

Section C.2:
Color C

Section B.4:
Color B, follow directions for adjustment in Section B.2

Section A.3
Rows 1-2: Color A
Rows 3-4: Color B

Section B.5:
Color C
I added a few rows because I wanted a wider band of Spectrum across the bottom. I didn’t adjust the increases because at this point in the shawl, stitch count is not so important. Adjust pattern as follows:
Row 1: K3, Kfbf, K to last 4, Kfbf, K3
Row 2: K3, Purl to last 3, K3
Row 3: same as Row 1
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: same as Row 1
Row 6: Knit

Picot Bind-Off:
Color C

And there you have it!

Click here for a downloadable pdf of these adjustments (and don’t forget, you need to buy the pattern on Ravelry! This is only the detail for my adjustments to three colors 🙂 ).


Isn’t she just the most adorable thing? She’s the perfect model. And, she’s kind, smart, and funny, too. So proud of this girl 🙂

Happy Weekend to all!

10 thoughts on “Finished Objects: The Anonymous Shawl

  1. Ohhh I just found your blog via Julia at Knitted Bliss but I’m in love. Lots of yummy yarns and what a lovely shawl. The pattern is fantastic both ways, but your color choices are amazing. Great job 🙂


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