Scratch & Peck Shawl by Ann Meyer

Scratch & Peck Shawl

January 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
US 10 - 6.0 mm
700 - 800 yards (640 - 732 m)
40 x 52 inches as written
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Update 2021: By request, the pattern now includes alternate information for using worsted weight yarns!

The markings on this shawl remind me of chicken scratches, hence Scratch & Peck. It’s a big cozy wrap that looks great on everyone.

Beginning of Chart A, Row 4 (text) should read:
K4, Sl1 wyif, P2, Sl2 wyif, K3, Sl1 wyif.

Chart B and pattern notes updated for clarity.

I can recommend the YouTube videos of mosaic knitting by Suzanne Bryan.

This pattern is a great introduction to mosaic knitting because it begins with written instructions, then associates the written with a chart so you can follow along, and ends with charts only. Mosaic knitting is easy to learn and very rewarding. Only one color is carried at a time, so you’ll essentially be knitting stripes. You’ll fall in love with mosaic knitting, like I have!


The shawl starts from a point and increases along the left side every other row. It can easily be made smaller, or use less yarn, by omitting a repeat of Chart B and saving enough to finish with Chart C.


Two contrasting colors make the design easier to see than two similar colors. You’ll use equal amounts of the two colors. I love the look of two marled fingering or sport weight yarns.

Spincycle Versus: Slow & Steady (2) 200 yard skeins
Spincycle Versus: Lock & Key (2) 200 yard skeins


Be sure to use a 32” or 40” circular needle one or two sizes larger than recommended for the yarn you use to achieve a nice drape.

Heartfelt thanks to Rachel at Spincycle for letting me play with this new beautifully marled yarn!