Krobus by Sylvia McFadden


April 2020
Sport (12 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in Garter knit in the round and blocked.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1700 - 1760 yards (1554 - 1609 m)
80.5" (204cm) measured diagonally along the spine. 52" (132cm) measured along the width of the shawl.
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So yes, this pattern is 100% named after the adorable shadow human in Stardew Valley :)

I’ve been leaning hard into video games since quarantine started. This is the best way I’ve found to keep myself entertained and happy during such a hard time.

Stardew Valley is one of my all-time favourite games! A way to homestead while stuck in the city. And Krobus is 100% my favourite character. His cute pixel-iness and his adorable quirky things he says are just delightful.

Krobus (the shawl) is a lovely big square shawl worked in the round! It feels like it would be something that Krobus (the shadow human) would wear! I knew I really wanted a big lovely soft (and not to hot) square pattern to wear with my jean jackets. I wanted it to be able to fold and layer up without overheating me and I wanted it to match my almost entirely black wardrobe. BAM It turned out perfectly!

It’s a lot of knitting but it was worth it for how versatile square shawls are! And let’s be honest - many of us have a lot of time on our hands right now.


approximately 1760 yards (1609 metres) of sport weight cotton yarn.


4mm (US 6)* knitting needles in whichever way you prefer to knit a small circumference (magic loop, double pointed knitting needles)

4mm (US 6)* circular needles in at least a 32” (80cm) cord.

Optional: another set of 4mm (US 6)* circular needles in a longer length of cord.

Or whatever size needles it takes you to get gauge.


7 regular stitch markers.
1 fancy or different stitch marker to mark BOR.
Whichever tools you prefer to weave in
ends, and whichever tools you prefer to
block your shawls.


14 stitches and 23 rows = 4” (10cm) square knit flat in pattern and blocked.


80.5” (204cm) measured diagonally along the spine (well, one of the spines).

52” (132cm) measured along the width of the shawl.


K - Knit (K2 = Knit 2 stitches)
P - Purl (P2 = Purl 2 stitches)
YO - Yarn Over
sts - Stitches
M - Marker
PM - Place Marker
SM - Slip Marker
BOR - Beginning of Round