Wishmaker Shawl by Helen Stewart

Wishmaker Shawl

DK (11 wpi) ?
US 8 - 5.0 mm
One Size
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Hidden deep in a forest in Yorkshire, not far from a tumbling waterfall, sits a mysterious shelter known as “The Hermitage.” The hollowed out cave is just big enough for one very shy dweller to live tucked away from the rest of the world, surrounded by the whispering of trees and the scurrying of little woodland lives. It must have taken enormous effort to carve a tiny house out of a gigantic boulder in 1790, but someone did it. This astonishing home is mysterious enough, but another surprise awaits. Climb up to the roof and you’ll find two curious chairs hewn from the same rock. Legend says that these are the Wishmaker’s chairs, which will grant your heart’s desire if you take a seat and make a wish in one, and then hop over to sit in the other. It is a beautiful bit of magic concealed in an enchanted corner of the English countryside.

This shawl shares something of the character of the Wishmaker’s chairs: the marriage of work and whimsy, a break from the busy world, and a reminder that wishing and dreaming is an important part of even the quietest existence. Wishmaker is an asymmetrical triangle shape knit from cosy DK weight yarn. Its rustic textures of garter and eyelets borrow from the natural world, while deep stripes of three colours keep the eye moving across the shawl. It’s the perfect accessory to wrap around yourself for a peaceful wander through the woods in your own company.

One size

Finished Measurements
157cm (62”) across top edge
142cm (56”) across the end

Yarn needed is DK weight:6 x 50g balls of 110m/393yds each - for exact yardages used see below.

Blacker Yarns Blacker Breeds Pure Gotland DK 100% Pure New Wool - Gotland, 110m/119yds per 50g ball, 6 x 50g balls

Colour A: Dawn 2 x 50g balls
Colour B: Shower 2 x 50g balls
Colour C: Dew 2 x 50g balls


Blacker Yarns Swan Falkland Islands DK (95% Merino with 5% Shetland, 110m/119yds per 50g ball], 6 x 50g balls

Colour A: Navy 2 x 50g balls
Colour B: Pale Lavender 2 x 50g balls
Colour C: Stone 2 x 50g balls

Actual yarn used:

DK weight yarn in 3 colours as follows

Colour A: 154m/167yds; 70g
Colour B: 176m/190yds; 80g
Colour C: 187m/202yds; 85g


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


Tapestry needle
1 Stitch marker


16 sts/28 rows = 10cm (4”) in garter stitch after blocking. Gauge is not critical to this shawl, except to make sure you’ll have enough yarn.