Into the Woods Owl shawl by Marva Maida
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Into the Woods Owl shawl

February 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
guage isn't necessary
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1010 - 1200 yards (924 - 1097 m)
one size
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Edited to add a second option for a wider, more open smocking stitch.

Inspired by Kate Davies Owls and Romi Hill’s High Desert patterns, this beautiful half-round, woodsy-themed shawl is a combination of Aran and Lace type stitches.This pattern is a combination of charting and written instructions. You should feel comfortable with being able to pop back and forth between the two. If you’re only able to knit from written instructions or from only charts, you’ll have a tough time with this pattern. I’m sorry I don’t have the time available to write up full written instructions and charts for everyone.

This shawl has three distinct sections, with a smocked horizontal border in between the owls and feathered edging. I have charted the owl section in two different ways; one using Nupp stitches for eyes, and one using buttons, sewn on after blocking. A bead, sequin or bobble can also be used in exchange for the Nupp stitch eyes.

This is my first attempt at pattern writing and this shawl pattern has been test knit five times by three people, so hopefully all of the kinks are ironed-out. If you find any errors, please feel free to contact me and I’ll make changes in the next revision.

Many, many thanks to Jessica, ( rainangel ) for all of the proof-reading and test-knitting she did to make this pattern possible, and to the many nice people on Ravelry who messaged me with their edits. I am definitely NOT a pattern writer, and I doubt this shawl would have been made available to the public, if not for everyone’s patience with my pattern writing skills and all of the revisions to correct the errors or confusing directions.

Happy Knitting!