Keep Loving by Sylvia McFadden

Keep Loving

February 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in Knit flat in lace pattern and blocked.
US 9 - 5.5 mm
650 - 660 yards (594 - 604 m)
80” (208cm) measured along the wingspan. 40” (104cm) measured down the centre spine.
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Julie Asselin has updated her online shop with some gorgeous colours of nurtured for folks who are looking for the perfect yarn for this pattern!

Keep Loving is a lovely top down triangle shawl. A classic shape and a classic calming stitch. The pattern includes both fully written and fully charted instructions so you don’t have to choose between the two :)

Keep Loving implores you to keep your heart open even when it’s breaking. We’ve all been so hurt and so wounded before. The impulse to close up and block people out can be so strong. But over and over again I see just how important human connection is. To our well being and for our growth. Although it can be painful, I hope that all of us can find ways to keep loving people, even though people can cause us so much hurt.

Of course, I’ll share a little bit about why the name of this shawl is so important to me. Even though sharing feels hard… the theme of this shawl comes from a recent loss for me. My partner of many years left me in January. I want to say first that I am okay, and that although this has been a heartbreaking time, I am nothing if not resilient!

But I kept noticing that my impulses were to lock up my heart. To stop myself from feeling grief I was almost ready to give up my ability to love. My work in life right now is to keep my heart open. There are so many reasons to Keep Loving. Even though it’s hard!

I’m sending my love to all of you. <3

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Pattern information:


5 skeins of Julie Asselin’s Nurtured in colourway “Cortez” or 650 yards (595 metres) of worsted weight yarn.


5.5mm (US 9) circular needles in at least a 24” (60cm) cord. Or whatever size needles it takes you to get gauge.


4 stitch markers.
Whichever tools you prefer to block your shawls.


12 stitches and 18 rows = 4” (10cm) square knit flat in lace pattern and blocked.


80” (208cm) measured along the wingspan.
40” (104cm) measured down the centre spine.


K - Knit (K2 = Knit 2 stitches)
P - Purl (P2 = Purl 2 stitches)
K2TOG - Knit 2 stitches Together
SSK - Slip, Slip, Knit.
S1K2P - Slip 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together,
Pass slipped stitch over.
YO - Yarn Over
WS - Wrong Side
RS - Right Side
sts - Stitches
PM - Place Marker
SM - Slip Marker


Modelling by Nicola Hodges
IG: @tinyislandtextiles

Tech editing by Heather Ross
IG: @redpencilconfidential

Pattern design, photography,
layout by Sylvia McFadden
IG: @softsweater