The design for Quill draws from older, more patient ways of making and doing. This elongated, triangular shawl features stripes like the lines of a letter on a parchment page and a lace border inspired by feathers. Dream dictionaries say that to dream of writing with a quill pen “symbolizes the way you view your creative process — slow, methodical, beautiful, and not very technological.” For me, that lines up beautifully with the way I approach my knitting, and the way I imagine the Quill shawl in the world.
Quill is a generously sized shawl with an engaging mix of colour and texture. It makes for relaxing knitting, and the yarn selected adds another layer of old-fashioned comfort. Tamar DK yarn from Blacker Yarns is a soft, squishy DK weight with rustic charm and a sophisticated colour palette. It is made from historic Wensleydale, Teeswater, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool, all British heritage breeds chosen for their long, wavy, lustre fleece. A generous helping of local Cornish mule lambs’ fleece gives this yarn extra bounce and give.
Even though the knitting community today is largely bound together with the modern magic of the Internet, the objects we make with our hands are a throwback to a graceful past. Knitting Quill is a beautiful way to slow down at the end of a busy day, giving yourself over to an uncomplicated creative practice and a quieter way of being in the world.
This pattern is written in the Curious Handmade Percentage Checklist style™
Charts are provided for the lace sections, along with line-by-line instructions.
172cm (68”) across top edge
76cm (30”) neck to bottom edge
Blacker Yarns Tamar DK 30% Cornish mule, 18%
Wensleydale, 18% Teeswater, 17% Cotswold, 17%
Leicester Longwool, 220m/241yds per 100g skein,
3 x 100g skeins,
Colour A: Gwindra
Colour B: Ottery
Colour C: Tiddy Brook
Approximately 3 x 100g skeins of DK weight yarn totaling approximately 660m/723 yds
5mm (US 8), 100cm (40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)
1 Stitch marker
14 sts/24 rows = 10cm (4”) in stockinette stitch after blocking