Cloudlift Shawl by Miriam L. Felton

Cloudlift Shawl

January 2017
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch after blocking.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
750 - 790 yards (686 - 722 m)
65.5 inches (166.5cm) wide at widest point, and 14 inches (35.5cm) tall. See schematic for more details.
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Inspired by a detail from the well-respected Arts & Crafts design house of Greene & Greene, this shawl features stacks of shaped garter-stitch ‘cloudlifts’, accented by a succession of reverse stockinette welts that move with the shaped fabric. The perfect use for a mini-skein set, these accent welts provide a canvas for playing with color and texture.

Yarn: Lux Adorna Knits Sport Soft Spun (100% Cashmere) in the following quantities: 2 skeins {230 yds (210m)/50 grams} in MC (shown in Jackalope), and one mini-skein set {45 yards (41m) each} in C1-C8 (shown in Bohemian).
Gauge: 20 sts and 40 rows per 4 inches (10cm) square in garter stitch.
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5) 32-inch (80-cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge.
Finished size: 65.5 inches (166.5cm) wide at widest point, and 14 inches (35.5cm) tall. See schematic for more details.
Notions: Six pin-style markers, tapestry needle to weave in ends.
Techniques Used: knit and purl, sl1 k2tog psso, k2tog, m3 (with instructions), slipping stitches with yarn in front and back, use of hanging markers.

Markers should be hung from the stitch created by the double decrease (sl1 k2tog psso), and moved up to the stitch created by the double decrease on the next RS row.

I used a long-tail cast-on for the first cast-on (see tips for this here: and a cable cast-on for all following welts. You can find a tutorial for the Cable Cast-on here:

If you’re having issues with the beginning of Welts 2-7, I did a tutorial video here.

Feel free to choose your own progression of the contrast colors. I suggest you tie or tape a snipped piece of each one to the edge of the pattern. You could try going in rainbow order, or maybe a progression of monotone hues from dark to light. I went with a progression from cool to warm that ends with the color of sunshine.