Capercaillie by Amanda Bell


December 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Pattern stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
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In the fourth row of the pattern, in the garter tab cast on section, the knitter is instructed to “Rep last 2 rows 52 more times.” This should read, “Rep last 2 rows 26 more times.”

Gauge 22 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10cm in Pinfeathers Pattern (Right, Center and Left)

Size 17”/43cm deep; 78.5”/200cm along lower edge; 60”/152.5cm along top edge


  • Malabrigo Silky Merino - 51% silk, 49% merino wool; 150yd/137m per 50g skein; colorway Zarzamora: 4 skeins
  • US 6/4mm: 40”/100cm circular needle - or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 4 stitch markers
  • Slick waste yarn or blocking wires
  • T pins
  • Darning needle

This smallish shawl is knit from the top down with shaping that riffs on a traditional Faroese style - a center panel that grows at a slower rate than that of the “wings” ensures a great fit that won’t slip off your shoulders. Mirrored slip-stitch patterns on the two wings are set off by a combination garter-eyelet-slip-stitch center motif that looks great on both sides. The patterning brings out the best in a beautifully variegated, kettle-dyed colorway of Malabrigo Silky Merino. The toothed edging is knit on last for a gently ruffly, refined finish. Gauge is only important as a predictor of yardage and for a general sense of finished proportions. To customize the size of the finished shawl, work any number of repeats of the Main Pattern section, ending with a row number that is a multiple of four. Reserve about 25% of your yarn for the applied edging.