The Traveler Shawl by Andrea Mowry

The Traveler Shawl

December 2023
Sport (12 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Measured over stitch pattern, after blocking. Gauge varies on yarn weight, needle size, and how aggressively you block.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
830 - 1200 yards (759 - 1097 m)
1 (2)
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This shawl is meant to inspire your playful side! Try experimenting with gauge to play with the size of the shawl, explore different color possibilities, hold a couple strands of yarn together, or even better - spin your own yarn! The stitch pattern lends itself beautifully to a relaxing knit, but its unique construction makes it fun to knit again and again! My sincere hope is that this will be the type of shawl you knit on repeat. Once you are familiar with the pattern at the gauges listed, I hope you will try it out again with your own yarn combinations to create different size shawls for different occasions!

1 (2)

Wingspan - 75 (91.5)”/190.5 (232.5) cm
Center Depth - 24 (25)”/61 (63.5) cm

These are just approximations. Total yarn usage will depend on the yarn you use (fiber content, ply, etc.), your personal gauge, and any modifications you may make.

Sample A (Size 1/warm colors): 325 g/ 850 yds/777 m of Sport Weight Handspun Wool Yarn

Sample B (Size 2/cool colors): 420 g/830 yds/759 m of DK/Worsted Weight Handspun Wool yarn

For this shawl I chose my own handspun! Both of my samples were combo spins - meaning I picked 3 braids of fiber that had colors that looked nice together, and spun them as traditional 3-ply yarns using a short forward draft. (You can photos of the fiber/yarn included with the pattern photos!) But don’t worry - you don’t need to be a handspinner! The sky is the limit when choosing yarns for this shawl. It looks just as amazing knit up in a one color farmy neutral, as it does marled, color blocked or faded! (Oh my - it would be so good faded!) To get you started, I reached out to Spincycle Yarns for that handspun look and my fellow “Traveler” collaborators to see how they would knit this shawl up, and am including their ideas below. As always, you can also find a list of budget-friendly yarns in the PDF linked at the bottom of this page!

Sample A (Size 1/warmer colors): Handspun yarn
Fiber dyed by Hello Yarn for the Fiber Club:
“Nesselrode” - Corriedale/”Botany” - Rambouillet/”Just a Glimpse” - American Wool - 1 braid of each, spun as a classic 3 ply combo spin that came out to about 12 WPI.

Sample B (Size 2/cooler colors): Handspun yarn;
Fiber dyed by Wound Up Fiber Arts & Hello Yarn:
“Best of You” - Rambouillet/”Brick Wall” - Limited Edition Wool Top/”Popple” - Superfine Merino - 2 braids of each, spun as a classic 3 ply combo spin that came out to about 10 WPI

Sample C (Size 2/dark grey/blue): Ritual Dyes Elder 100% USA grown Rambouillet Wool (100 g/190 yds/173 m) - 6 skeins Chromite

Sample D (Size 1/red): The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Soka’pii 100% Non-Superwash MT & WY Rambouillet (50 g/248 yards/227 m) - 4 skeins Flower Point held together with Oh Dang! 74% Suri Alpaca/26% Silk (50 g/328 yards/300 m) - 2 skeins Flower Point

Sample E (Size 1/shades of grey & pink) La Bien Aimée Kumo 65% Baby Suri Alpaca/35% Silk (50 g/437 yds/400 m) - 2 skein Fiori held together with Alix 70% Falkland Merino/30% Suri Alpaca (100 g/710 yds/650 m) - 2 skeins of Fiori & 1 mini skein of Fluoro Morganite

Sample F (Size 1/multi with pinks & mints) Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool 100% SW American Wool (200 yds/182 m) - 4 skeins Bomboloni

Sample G (Size 2/multi yellows, blues and purples) Spincycle Yarns Dream State 100% SW American Wool (150 yds/137 m) - 7 skeins Strawflower

Size 1 - US 6/4 mm - 32”/80 cm circular recommended
Size 2 - US 7/4.5 mm - 32”/80 cm circular recommended

Tapestry needle, locking stitch marker (2), row counter (optional)

Size 1 - 19 sts & 30 to 40 rows = 4”/10 cm
Size 2 - 16 sts & 30 to 37 rows = 4”/10 cm
Measured over stitch pattern, after blocking. Row gauge is offered as a range, since how hard you block this stitch pattern, will determine how much the stitch pattern opens up.

I-cord Edges
I-cord Bind Off
Picking Up Stitches
Kitchener Stitch

Click here to be directed to a pdf with some yarn substitution ideas! These yarns have not all been tested, so we can not guarantee their outcome, but we do hope they provide a jumping off point for inspiration!