Impressionists Shawl by Helen Stewart

Impressionists Shawl

March 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
one size
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“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people”
- Edgar Degas

When you stand in front of an Impressionist masterpiece, what do you see? Quiet vibrancy, indistinct edges, and clear warm light. The richness of ordinary moments captured in glimpses: this is the true magic of the Impressionists. They chose subjects from their everyday lives and lifted them up exactly as they saw them, beautiful even in their imperfection. Somehow, by showing us how much there is to celebrate in a fleeting glance, they invite us to look deeper. The Impressionists showed us what they saw, but left room for our imaginations as well.

Our creative work as knitters also grounds us in the same sensory experience of each moment: colour and shadow, softness and weight. The mystery of making, whether you are laying down brushstrokes on a canvas or knitting yarn together stitch by stitch, remains the same.


The pattern will use three skeins of fingering-weight yarn: a light, medium, and dark colourway.

The sample uses Voolenvine Yarn, Nouveau base in colours created especially for the MKAL: Solstice, Curious and Thaw.

Nouveau is a single ply yarn but other fingering weight yarn such as plied/twist bases will also be great.

It is suggested to use three different colours - a light, medium and dark. The Impressionists theme is ideal to use speckled yarn.