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The Auklet Shawl is Ready to Soar

An orange triangular shawl with columns of slipped stitches and a cabled edging is wrapped around a white dressmaker's form. In the background are a brick fireplace, some white coral, a blue and white ginger jar, and antique prints on the wall.

The Auklet Shawl has been in the works for nearly a year now, and it’s finally available! If you’re in the mood for a soothing, rhythmic knit, this shawl is just right for you. Lose yourself in simple cables and columns of slipped stitches on a bed of garter stitches.

Read on for more information about where to find the pattern for the Auklet shawl, the materials you’ll need, and more.


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About the Auklet Shawl

Auklets are seabirds that live in coastal zones of the northern Pacific and the Bering Sea. They’re funny little round things, and some of them have delightful feather tufts on their heads. Cassin’s auklets, a small, all-black bird with big, sparkly eyes, like to nest on several of the Channel Islands near where I live. Whenever we’re by the ocean, I love watching the sea birds, so it felt right to name this shawl after some of them.

The Auklet Shawl is an asymmetrical triangle shawl with one column of simple cables snaking up the straight edge of the shawl. As the shawl grows outward to the left, new columns of slipped stitches are added in at regular intervals, making the pattern very easy to memorize. This shawl is knit using about 800 yards of fingering-weight yarn, or two skeins of your favorite hand-dyed treasures.

Test knitters reported that the first repeat of the cable was a slight challenge (just enough to not make great tv knitting), and afterward, the shawl flew along. Many said it was relaxing and soothing. I designed this shawl to be a mellow knit that only requires you to pay the slightest attention every ten stitches or so. If you’re looking for a good knit to occupy yourself during meetings or to keep your hands busy while watching tv, this will be a great fit once you get rolling.

Easy Shopping List

In case you want to knit this shawl using the exact materials I did, here is a shopping list with easy links for you. Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy something through those links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will always identify affiliate links for you. Thanks for supporting my work!

Less Traveled Yarn Singles

Chiaogoo US Size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (budget option) (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (fancy option) (affiliate link)

Auklet Cowl Details and Specs

Here are all the nitty gritty details about the Auklet Shawl, including its dimensions,

SIZESOne size, 43” (109 cm) long by 33” (84 cm) at its widest point  
MATERIALSFingering weight yarn, 750-800 yds (686-732 m)  

Sample shown knit in Less Traveled Yarn Singles, 100% superwash merino, 400 yds (366 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g)  
GAUGE4” (10 cm) square = 20 stitches x 30 rows in garter stitch  
NEEDLESOne set of 32” (80 cm) circular needles in a size to match gauge listed above  

Suggested needle size: US 4 (3.5 mm)  
TOOLSOptional stitch markers between pattern repeats
Cable needle
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends  
SKILL LEVELAdventurous beginner to intermediate
Techniques: cables, slipped stitches

If You Like the Auklet Shawl, You’ll Also Like…

The Plenitude Shawl, another asymmetrical triangle shawl with lots of texture and an easily memorized repeat.

The Anacapa Scarf, which features slightly more complex cables that can help you grow as a cable knitter and strengthen your skills.

The Madeleine Hat DK, with simple cables and textured panels to complement your shawl.

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