Phinela Shawl by Beatrice Perron Dahlen

Phinela Shawl

September 2018
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Rib
US 4 - 3.5 mm
450 - 600 yards (411 - 549 m)
Small: 56” / 142 cm wide by 16” / 40.5 cm deep at deepest point Large: 68” / 173 cm wide by 21” / 53.5 cm deep at deepest point
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This shawl is named for the gorgeous yarn it’s knit from. It’s no secret that I love farm yarns with a lot of heart. Mindful Folk Farm Yarn is just that. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know Hannah, the Shepardess of Mindful Folk Farm and Yarn. Hannah is a down-to-earth human who works hard taking care of her animals, selling her wares and homeschooling her children. She is wildly talented and her work beautiful. Her flock – and her yarns – are a mix of Finn and Mohair, an incredibly soft blend that feels amazing against the skin. I was so excited to meet one of her sheep one day when she stopped by with a bottle-fed lamb in tow!

I designed this simple shawl to be a daily staple in a luxurious yarn. It’s a sideways knit that’s not at all boring because of that little bit of texture in the garter ribs. It’s an interesting shape that is easy to wear. Spice it up with tassels, or leave it bare. This pattern is easily adjustable for size and weight, and so will work equally well in a worsted weight yarn. (Note this will effect your required yardage.) The smaller size takes only 450 yards (including tassels) so is a great use for that small quantity of special yarn. It is also a great first project for short rows, as there is no need to pick up the wraps – the garter stitch hides them!

The small, white sample is shown in Borgstein Alpaca Farm 2 ply Sport weight yarn, from New England Farm to Fiber ( They carry a delightful selection of yarns from around New England, including Mindful Folk Farm when they can get it!

Small: 56” / 142 cm wide by 16” / 40.5 cm deep at deepest point
Large: 68” / 173 cm wide by 21” / 53.5 cm deep at deepest point
Changes for large size are indicated in ()

Large sample shown in Mindful Folk Farm Phinela Fingering Weight yarn (40% Mohair 60% Finn), approx. 600 yd/549 m fingering weight yarn
450 yd/412 m of fingering weight yarn for small

One US size 4 (3.5 mm) 24” / 60 cm or longer circular needle
Circular needle is used to accommodate large number of sts
or size needed to obtain gauge

24 stitches and 32 rows = 4” / 10cm in Garter Rib (after blocking)

stitch markers
tapestry needle