Authenticity by Sylvia McFadden


January 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in Garter worked flat and blocked
US 9 - 5.5 mm
550 - 610 yards (503 - 558 m)
Can be made bigger or smaller. Sample shown as 80” along the wingspan and 40” from the very top to bottom tip.
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One half of a mini-collection! In collaboration with Nicola from Tiny Island Textiles and Melissa from Sweet Fiber! Check out the second half of the collection! The Forager’s Scarf!

Sweet Fiber’s Canadian yarn has officially launched! Pop over to her online shop to get your hands on some of this gorgeous yarn!

Authenticity is an absolutely inspired knit. It was designed in an evening and I just sped through it with joy. The amazing yarn and the ease of the pattern were both combined to be such a satisfying and enjoyable project! The inspiration for this project came from losing my way, making compromises and doing things for the wrong reasons. This pattern was the re-realizing that I should do what I love. I wear it and remember daily that it’s okay to be myself, whatever that means.

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are” ~ Brene Brown

Authenticity is a giant triangle shawl worked top down using yarn over increases to make the triangle shape. It uses a simple but brilliant lace repeat to add it’s textural loveliness. Wrap it around yourself, you know you waaaannnaaa.

Come find me over on instagram! @softsweater

Knitting needles:

5.5mm (US 9) circular needles in at least a 24” cord.


3 skeins of Sweet Fiber’s new
Canadian yarn in Golden colourway
Or 600 yards (549 meters) of aran weight yarn.


4 stitch markers.
Whatever tools you use to weave in ends and whatever tools you use to block your shawls.


12 stitches by 16 rows = 4 inch square knit flat in garter stitch and blocked.


80” along the wingspan and 40” from the very top to bottom tip.

Glossary of terms

K - Knit (K2 = Knit two stitches).
P - Purl (P2 = Purl two stitches).
YO - Yarn Over.
RS - Right Side.
WS - Wrong Side.
MK1R - Make one stitch Right-leaning.
MK1L - Make one stitch Left-leaning.