Pattern: Minerva Shawl


This pattern came about because I wanted to make a holiday gift for my middle daughter’s grade seven teacher: an elegant woman who looks great in strong colours and who, I was told, loves owls. In my stash was some worsted yarn in a colour that really suited her, so I designed a shawl pattern to use up as much of its yardage as possible. This triangular shawl starts at the bottom and works outward, with the border knitted at the same time. This makes it easier to resize if you’ve got less or more yarn than the pattern calls for; resizing tips are included with the instructions.


  • Finished size: 60" at widest point; 38" high.

Skills required

  • Knitting
  • Purling
  • Yarn overs
  • Decreases
  • Knitters can follow either written or charted instructions, so being able to read charts is useful but not required.

Materials needed

  • Yarn: Worsted weight, approximately 420 yards; model used 169.5g of Araucania "Nature Wool Solids", 100% wool, colour #07 Ve 0160; two 100g skeins of most worsted weight yarn will be enough
  • Needles: 5mm circular needle (or size needed to achieve gauge), at least 29" long
  • Four (4) stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


  • One repeat of centre chart = 9.5" x 3.5", after blocking
  • 12 sts/18 rows to 4" in stocking stitch, after blocking


Dennise said...

Hi! Could you please provide an explanation of how to end the row with a yo and begin the next row? I can't quite get it. Thank you!

Kathleen said...

Hi Dennise - you can either:

1) Do the YO at the end of the row, then turn the work (making sure not to lose the YO), and then start the next row with the YO as your first stitch to work;


2) You can decide not to do the YO at the end of the row, turn the work, put a YO on your LEFT needle, and then start the next row with the YO you just did on the left needle as your first stitch to work.

Dennise said...

Thank you!

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