The Shawl Society 5: Fourth Shawl Yarn Spoilers

A hand holding a pale pink and pale purple skein of wool with the lable "Circus Tonic Handmade"

Lean in close, we have some shawlish secrets to share today…

If you’re a member of The Shawl Society 5 and want to get ahead with you yarn choosing process, you’re in the right place!

But if you like going in completely blind, for a total surprise (brave!) then turn back now.


I do try to keep things a little vague so you know enough to pick out your skeins without giving it all away, but you will learn a little bit about the upcoming shawl design.

Let’s start with some hints about the pattern:

  1. This is a lace weight or light fingering weight shawl.
  2.  It could also be knit in heavier fingering weight. In that case, I’d recommend 4mm needles. Of course, you’ll end up with a larger shawl and your yardage requirements will be different, but if you have lots in your stash it could be a good choice
  3. This pattern comes with two sizes. You’ll be able to choose between small and large. 
  4. This is a two colour shawl but would also look lovely in a single colour.
  5. There is some lace, mostly using colour B, which you may want to take into account if you’re pairing a variegated yarn with a solid.

Now, here are all the detailed yarn requirements for both sizes of the shawl!

I was lucky enough to work with two different, equally wonderful yarns for the two samples.

The small size was knit with the glorious Julie Asselin Nurtured Fine, a light fingering weight yarn which manages to be beautifully rustic and refined, all at the same time.

It’s made with 100% fine wool: a blend of Rambouillet, Targhee and Merino, which gives it so much spring and character. A properly woolly wool, but still soft. It is mixed dyed in the wool and undyed fibre, which gives a subtle tweedy effect.

Julie Asselin Fine is stocked by wonderful local yarn shops and websites all over the world: check her website for your nearest retailer.

Julie Asselin Nurtured Fine, in colourways Fusion & Picnic

The large size of the shawl was knit with the very special Hoshuku Lace yarn from Circus Tonic Handmade, one of my favourite Aussie Indie Dyers. Hannah has such a beautiful hand with colour, and this base, which is 80% merino wool and 20% pure silk, makes magic. Where’s what she has to say about it:

This exquisite yarn is as soft and airy as can be, and would make seriously beautiful shawls. The silk component of the yarn gives a very subtle luminosity which makes this yarn truly stunning.

She has a very small quantity of kits available on her website right now in four absolutely stunning colour combinations.

Shawl Society Hoshuku Lace Set 1

Shawl Society Hoshuku Lace Set 2

Shawl Society Hoshuku Lace Set 3

Shawl Society Hoshuku Lace Set 4

There are a small amount of these Shawl Society Hoshuku Lace Sets available now



Julie Asselin Nurtured Fine [100% Fine Wool; 708m/780yds per 112g skein], 2 x 100g skeins, one in each colour

Colour A: Fusion

Colour B: Picnic


Circus Tonic Hoshuku Lace [80% Extra Fine Merino, 20% Silk; 600m/656 yds per 100g skein], 2 x 100g skeins, one in each colour

Colour A: Bay of Shoals (pink)

Colour B: American River (lavender)

Approximate yarn used in samples:


Colour A: 67g or 423m/463yds

Colour B: 45g or 284m/311yds

Of Lace/fingering weight yarn


Colour A: 80g or 480m/525yds

Colour B: 55g or 330m/361yds

Of Lace/fingering weight yarn


3.75mm (US 5), 80/100cm (32/40″) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)


Tapestry needle

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle


24 sts/28 rows = 10cm (4″) in garter stitch after blocking

As always, I’m honoured and grateful to have the opportunity to design with such amazing yarn.

I know that issues of geography, availability and price sometimes mean that it’s not easy for every knitter to get their hands on the sample yarn I use, so please know that there’s never any pressure to use the same yarn I did. 

I offer these yarn spoilers to support the talented indie dyers I admire and to offer inspiration and a jumping-off point for all the Shawl Society members. Whether you end up using one of these wonderful yarns or source your own from stash, a LYS, or a handy online retailer, I know your shawl will be beautiful. I can’t wait to see it!

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