Tidings Shawl by Helen Stewart

Tidings Shawl

November 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Main pattern
US 8 - 5.0 mm
944 yards (863 m)
One size
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It doesn’t really matter how they arrive. Tidings of comfort and joy come in many forms.

A handwritten card from a beloved friend.
A text message from a family member you wish you could see more often.
Good news you didn’t see coming, shared on social media.
A note you wrote yourself, tucked into an old notebook and discovered on an unexpected afternoon.

These missives of hope and love are always wonderful and always welcome.

The Tidings Shawl is an exuberant flourish of both comfort and joy: oversized and cosy, it knits up fast in cuddly worsted weight yarn. This three-colour triangle shawl features big stripes of texture, with sections of ribbing and a beautiful, easy-to-memorise stitch pattern.

It makes a magnificent gift for someone very special, but it’s such an enjoyable comfort-knit that no one could begrudge you getting too attached to give it away at the end.

Finished measurements:

178cm (70”) wingspan across top edge
64cm (25”) neck to bottom edge


The Fibre Co. Cumbria
60% Merino, 30% Masham, 10% Mohair, 216m/236yds per 100g skein
4 x 100g skeins
Colour A: Blencathra 2 x 100g skeins,
Colour B: Buttermere 1 x 100g skein,
Colour C: Isel 1 x 100g skein


Approximately 260g of worsted weight yarn totalling approximately 492m/614yds.

Colour A: (oatmeal) 165g, 356m/389yds
Colour B: (gold) 35g, 76m/83yds
Colour C: (mid grey) 60g, 130m/142yds

You could also use DK weight yarn for
this shawl. I would recommend using 4.5mm (US 7) needles and it will result in a smaller shawl.


5mm (US 8), 100cm (40”) long circular
needles (or size to obtain gauge)


Tapestry needle
1 Stitch marker

16 sts/26 rows = 10cm (4”) in main
pattern after blocking