Pattern: Vigil Wrap

With its intricate patterns, this elegant and cosy wrap is perfect for draping around you on cool days. Its construction allows you to knit in the round while simultaneously creating the fringe - no need to cut loads of short lengths for the fringe or to secure any steeks after the knitting is finished. You simply cut the fringe stitches up the middle and then knot the strands to make the fringe look nice!


  • One size: 21" wide, 68" long, not including fringe

Skills required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Stranded knitting
  • Chart reading

Materials needed

  • Yarn: Worsted weight, as follows:
    • Main colour (purple shown): approximately 595 yards - model used 264.5g of Ella Rae "Classic Superwash", 100% superwash wool, 100g/219yds, colour #42 deep wine
    • Contrast colour (gold shown): approximately 470 yards - model shown used 207.5g of Cascade "220", 100% wool, 100g/220yds, colour #2415 sunflower
  • Needles: 5.5mm circular needle, 40" to 60" long
  • 2 stitch markers, distinctive from each other
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


  • 17 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches in stranded pattern after blocking
Reverse side


Anonymous said...

Is there a way to convert this beautiful shawl in fingeringweight yarn. I live in Texas. I don’t knit anything in worsted weight and not much in DK weight. I’d be eager to hear about this.

Kathleen said...

I'm so glad you love the shawl enough to want to convert it to your needs. :)

If you knit it in fingering weight as-is, it's obviously going to be much smaller. For example, if you use 3mm needles, it's likely going to come out in the neighbourhood of a foot wide and a three feet long.

So you've got a few options:

1. If you like that it's a foot wide but just want it longer than three feet, you can cast on more stitches to allow for more horizontal repeats and then just follow the instructions bottom to top, adapting for the bigger number of stitches. This is going to be a bit tricky at the beginning because there are fewer stitches at the garter stitch edges than in the stranded pattern so you'd need to do the math based on how the increases work in the pattern as written, to figure out how many stitches to cast on for your more-stitches version, and then to figure out how to do the increases to set up for the stranded section

2. If you'd prefer it to be about two feet wide, then do the same as #1, except that you follow the instructions bottom to top and then *repeat* them once more so you're basically ending up with the pattern stacked on itself.

3. Make it in fingering as written, but use it as something other than a shawl, like a night table runner, or use a fancy pin to join it together at the front of your neck so you have a cowl, stuff like that.