Scissorhands Shawl by Saskia M.H. de Feijter
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Scissorhands Shawl

May 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
350 - 547 yards (320 - 500 m)
one size (but easily adaptable)
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This shawl is part of a small and slowly growing collection of knitwear designs inspired by the art and films of Tim Burton. I’ve always been drawn to his dark fairy tale aesthetics.
Reflecting Burton’s sense of visual drama, my designs use bold contrasts in shapes and/or colours. Stripes, swirls, frilly bits add to a dramatic but usually feminine look.
This shawl, made out of a luxurious pair of yarns from Cowgirlblues, has a luscious drape but looks as though it’s been cut up by Edward Scissorhands, the movie character.
I love the contradiction in that.
You can make it as dramatic as you like, by choosing how many i-cord “threads” to add, and by playing with colour combinations.

Ja, Wol has designed a collection of yarns that Cowgirlblues has skillfully dyed. There are limited amounts available. It can be purchased from: This shawl uses the sockweight of this collection and the dk weight of the general Cowgirlblues collection. Obviously you could use both or other yarns that will give you the same gauge.


Knit, purl, cast on, pick up stitches, yarn overs, increases, i-cord
SIZES one size but easily made larger by an advanced or even a intermediate knitter.


Width: 150 cm/59” approx Depth: 43 cm/17” approx


• Cowgirlblues for Ja, Wol “Spot” (100g), 350 yd/320 m, 100% superwash merino), 1 skein sock-weight yarn, Corpse Bride (MC)
• Cowgirlblues DK superwash merino (50g),109 yd/100 m, 100% superwash merino), 2 balls DK-weight yarn, Charcoal (CC)
• 5mm (US size 8) 100 cm/40” circular needle or size to obtain correct gauge 5mm (US size 8) double-pointed needles (set of 4-5)
• 6 stitch markers
• Tapestry needle


17 sts and 38 rows/rnds = 10 cm/4” in garter stitch, Gauge isn’t crucial with this shawl, but it helps to check your gauge so you’ll have enough yarn.