Milk Thistle Shawl by Nat Raedwulf

Milk Thistle Shawl

June 2019
Sport (12 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
645 - 706 yards (590 - 646 m)
236 cm / 93 “ wingspan with depth of 71 cm/28” 

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Indulge in the meditative repetitions of this shawl while also enjoying the variations of garter, lace, and eyelets. A sister shawl to Cluran, this is a large triangle shawl knit on a bias. The sport-weight rustic wool makes it a substantial, rugged piece perfect for days when you wish to be enveloped. 


Yarn: 168 g / 590 m / 645 yards to 165 g/ 645 m / 706 yards of sport weight wool. Please see note regarding yardage.
Specific Yarn Used in Sample: 3 skeins of Lichen and Lace Rustic Heather Sport in “Sage”.

Needles: 4.5 mm / US size 7 circular needles with at least a 32” cord length. Optional DPNs for completing the lace edging.
Notions: Blocking tools and tapestry needle. 


  • Testers reported a wide range of yardage used. While I and others only needed three skeins of Lichen & Lace, others reported needing up to 100 yards more based on their tension. It is recommended to buy more than anticipated if you think you may have a looser tension.

  • Gauge is not essential but the sample used up nearly all of the 3 skeins of the Lichen and Lace Heather Sport so please take yarn requirements into account should you alter the gauge or weight of the yarn used. 

  • I prefer to use a DPN for the lace border but it is possible to knit the border using only the circular needles.