Madda Shawl by Nat Raedwulf

Madda Shawl

May 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Body Pattern Blocked
US 7 - 4.5 mm
980 - 1040 yards (896 - 951 m)
One Size: 145 cm / 57 inches by 155 cm / 61 inches
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Inspired by one of my favourite dystopian novels, “Shadows Cast by Stars”, Madda is named after the First Nation’s medicine woman who mentors the young protagonist Cassandra. In the most wonderful of coincidences, years after I discovered this fantastic book I ran into the author Catherine Knutson at a fleece fair on Vancouver Island. As fate would have it, in addition to being a fabulous writer, Catherine is also an indie-yarn dyer and proprietress of The Small Bird Workshop. When I discovered Catherine’s yarn, I instantly fell in love. It was soft, squishy and the colourways were rich and deep while creating amazing stitch definition. The Madda shawl is the result! Madda is an oversized triangle shawl knit with an i-cord edge. Meditative to knit, it is designed to be worn in place of a blanket or a sweater for your trips into the forest or to wrap around yourself when you curl up with your favourite book.

Techniques to enjoy: I-cord edge, lace, dropped YO’s, garter-rib texture, eyelets, i-cord tab CO OR garter-tab CO


Yarn: 377 g / 896 m / 980 yards of DK wool

Specific Yarn Used in Sample: The Small Bird Workshop DK Tern (75% BFL, 25% Masham) “Tern” base in the colourway “Moss”

Needles: 4.5 mm / US Size 7 circular needles (32” minimum length), and optional pair of dpns for i-cord cast on.
Notions: Crochet hook for provisional cast-on (optional), stitch markers, blocking tools and tapestry needle and waste yarn. 

Gauge (blocked body pattern): 19 stitches x 20 rows = 10 cm / 4” 

As always, instructions are in written and chart when applicable. The pattern has been tech-edited and tested. Thank you to my tech editor rhyFlowerKnits and to my lovely bunch of talented testers