Welcome Marjut Lund-Rahkola’s truly gorgeous Garland Shawl, with its trailing clusters of bobbles that call to mind leafy boughs, grape-laden vines, and branches in bloom. 

Garland Shawl | Purl Soho

You’ll work this triangular shawl from the long edge to the point, with each row one stitch shorter than the last. In beautiful Linen Quill, a slightly rustic blend of highland wool, alpaca, and linen, the garter-stitch fabric is springy and soft, with incredible depth of color. Knitting this fingering-weight yarn on size 8 needles results in an incredibly light and airy fabric that grows quickly on your needles. 

Garland Shawl | Purl Soho
Garland Shawl | Purl Soho

Sweet sprigs of lace with plump, little bobbles stand out against a plush garter stitch backdrop.  

Garland Shawl | Purl Soho

Select two or three skeins in your favorite color from Linen Quill’s vast, nature-inspired palette, and choose between a small kerchief or a rambling shawl that will envelop your shoulders! Our version is the shawl size and is as fresh as a handful of spring peas in Bright Mint. 

Garland Shawl | Purl Soho

The Garland Shawl is a beautiful wrap that you’ll be thrilled to wear in any season. Cast on and make something extraordinary!

Garland Shawl | Purl Soho

Marjut Lund-Rahkola lives with her family in Tampere, Finland. She is an architect who knits while the rest of her family sleeps and finds inspiration in lovely yarns, beautiful construction, Japanese aesthetics, and the natural world.

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Materials

Garland Shawl | Purl Soho
  • 2 (3) skeins of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen. Each skein is 439 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 455 (1085) total yards required. We used the color Bright Mint.
  • US 8 (5 mm), 16- and 32- or 40-inch circular needles (NOTE: You can use just the 32- or 40-inch needles, but they may be a bit unruly near the end of the project when you’re working on fewer and fewer stitches!)
  • Stitch markers

GAUGE

17 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

SIZES

Kerchief (Shawl)

  • Finished Length of Wingspan: 45 (69½) inches wide
  • Finished Height from Cast-On Point to Middle of Bind-Off Edge: 21 (32½) inches

Sample: We knit the Shawl size.

NOTES

STITCH MULTIPLE

This pattern works over a multiple of 26 + 61 stitches. For example, the Kerchief requires (26 x 5) + 61 stitches, or 191 total stitches.

SLIP STITCHES

Slip stitches purlwise with yarn in front.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

S2KP

Slip two stitches together knitwise, knit 1 stitch, pass both the slipped stitches over the knit stitch and off the right needle. [2 stitches decreased]

For additional help, please visit our s2kp Tutorial.

MAKE BOBBLE RIGHT + LEFT

NOTE: Be sure to work your bobbles relatively loosely, so that when you have to work all the stitches together, you can easily insert your needle into all 7 stitches.

MBR: ([K1, yarn over] 3 times, k1) into next stitch. [6 stitches increased] Note that on the following wrong-side row, you will purl these 7 stitches together, but before then, these mBR stitches will be counted as 1 stitch.

MBL: ([K1, yarn over] 3 times, k1) into next stitch, slip 7 stitches back to left needle, knit 7 together through the back loops.

PATTERN

BEGIN

Cast on 191 (295) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Set-Up Row 1 (right side): K1, place marker (pm), [k7, pm, k19, pm] 7 (11) times, k8.

Set-Up Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 (see Special Instructions), *k7, slip marker (sm), k19, sm, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, k6, and removing marker, knit 2 together (k2tog). [190 (294) stitches]

Work Garland Pattern either from Written Instructions or Chart, both below.

GARLAND PATTERN: WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS

REPEATING GARLAND PATTERN

NOTE: For every row of this pattern, you will decrease the total stitch count by 1.

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1, k6, sm, *k4, slip slip knit (ssk), k3, yarn over (yo), k10, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 27 stitches, k4, ssk, k3, yo, k10, sm, k6, k2tog.

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1, k6, sm, *k9, p1, k9, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 26 stitches, k9, p1, k9, sm, k5, k2tog.

Row 3: Slip 1, k5, sm, *k3, s2kp (see Special Instruction), k1, mBR (see Special Instructions), yo, k1, yo, k10, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 26 stitches, k3, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, k10, sm, k5, k2tog.

Row 4: Slip 1, k5, sm, *k9, p4, p7tog, k5, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 25 stitches, k9, p4, purl 7 together (p7tog), k5, sm, k4, k2tog.

Row 5: Slip 1, k4, sm, *k2, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL (see Special Instructions), k10, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 25 stitches, k2, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k10, sm, k4, k2tog.

Row 6: Slip 1, k4, sm, *k9, p5, p7tog, k4, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 24 stitches, k9, p5, p7tog, k4, sm, k3, k2tog.

Row 7: Slip 1, k3, sm, *k1, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k11, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 24 stitches, k1, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k11, sm, k3, k2tog.

Row 8: Slip 1, k3, sm, *k9, p1, k1, p4, p7tog, k3, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 23 stitches, k9, p1, k1, p4, p7tog, k3, sm, k2, k2tog.

Row 9: Slip 1, k2, sm, *s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k12, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 23 stitches, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k12, sm, k2, k2tog.

Row 10: Slip 1, k2, sm, *k9, p1, k2, p4, p7tog, k2, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 22 stitches, k9, p1, k2, p4, p7tog, k2, sm, k1, k2tog.

Row 11: Slip 1, k1, sm, *ssk, k1, mBR, yo, k15, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 22 stitches, ssk, k1, mBR, yo, k15, sm, k1, k2tog.

Row 12: Slip 1, k1, sm, *k9, p1, k4, p2, p7tog, k2, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 21 stitches, k9, p1, k4, p2, p7tog, k2, sm, k2tog.

Row 13: Slip 1, remove marker, *k3, mBR, k6, yo, k3, k2tog, k4, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 21 stitches, k3, mBR, k6, yo, k3, k2tog, k4, remove marker, k2tog.

Row 14: Slip 1, *k9, p1, k5, p7tog, k3, sm, k7, sm, repeat from * to last 20 stitches, k9, p1, k5, p7tog, k2, k2tog.

Row 15: Slip 1, k9, yo, k1, yo, k2, s2kp, k3, sm, *k7, sm, k10, yo, k1, yo, k2, s2kp, k3, sm, repeat from * to last 27 stitches, k7, sm, k10, yo, k1, yo, k2, s2kp, k2, k2tog.

Row 16: Slip 1, k4, p5, k9, sm, *k7, sm, k5, p5, k9, sm, repeat from * to last 26 stitches, k7, sm, k5, p5, k7, k2tog.

Row 17: Slip 1, k8, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, s2kp, k2, sm, *k7, sm, k10, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, s2kp, k2, sm, repeat from * to last 26 stitches, k7, sm, k10, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, s2kp, k2tog.

Row 18: Slip 1, k2, p4, p7tog, p1, k9, sm, *k7, sm, k4, p4, p7tog, p1, k9, sm, repeat from * to last 25 stitches, k7, sm, k4, p4, p7tog, p1, k6, k2tog.

Row 19: Slip 1, k8, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, s2kp, k1, sm, *k7, sm, k11, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, s2kp, k1, sm, repeat from * to last 25 stitches, k7, sm, k11, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, s2kp, slip resulting stitch back to left needle, k2tog.

Row 20: Slip 1, p4, p7tog, k1, p1, k9, sm, *k7, sm, k3, p4, p7tog, k1, p1, k9, sm, repeat from * to last 24 stitches, k7, sm, k3, p4, p7tog, k1, p1, k5, k2tog.

Row 21: Slip 1, k8, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, s2kp, sm, *k7, sm, k12, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, s2kp, sm, repeat from * to last 24 stitches, k7, sm, k12, mBR, yo, ssk, k2tog.

Row 22: Slip 1, p2, p7tog, k2, p1, k9, sm, *k7, sm, k2, p4, p7tog, k2, p1, k9, sm, repeat from * to last 23 stitches, k7, sm, k2, p4, p7tog, k2, p1, k4, k2tog.

Row 23: Slip 1, k10, yo, mBL, k1, k2tog, sm, *k7, sm, k15, yo, mBL, k1, k2tog, sm, repeat from * to last 23 stitches, k7, sm, k14, k2tog.

Row 24: Slip 1, k4, p1, k9, sm, *k7, sm, k2, p3, k4, p1, k9, sm, repeat from * to last 22 stitches, k7, sm, k2, p3, k4, p1, k3, k2tog.

Row 25: Slip 1, ssk, k1, yo, k6, mBL, k3, sm, *k7, sm, k4, ssk, k3, yo, k6, mBL, k3, sm, repeat from * to last 22 stitches, k7, sm, k4, ssk, k3, yo, k4, k2tog.

Row 26: Slip 1, k3, p2, k8, sm, *k7, sm, k3, p1, k5, p2, k8, sm, repeat from * to last 21 stitches, k7, sm, k3, p1, k5, p2, k1, k2tog.

Row 27: Slip 1, k12, sm, *k7, sm, k4, ssk, k3, yo, k10, sm, repeat from * to last 21 stitches, k7, sm, k4, ssk, k3, yo, k3, k2tog.

Row 28: Slip 1, k2, p1, k9, sm, *k7, sm, k9, p1, k9, sm, repeat from * to last 20 stitches, k7, sm, k9, p1, k1, k2tog.

Row 29: Slip 1, k11, sm, *k7, sm, k3, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, k10, sm, repeat from * to last 20 stitches, k7, sm, k3, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, k2, k2tog.

Row 30: Slip 1, k1, p4, p7tog, k5, sm, *k7, sm, k9, p4, p7tog, k5, sm, repeat from * to last 19 stitches, k7, sm, k9, p1, k2tog.

Row 31: Slip 1, k10, sm, *k7, sm, k2, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k10, sm, repeat from * to last 19 stitches, k7, sm, k2, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, k2tog.

Row 32: Slip 1, p5, p7tog, k4, sm, *k7, sm, k9, p5, p7tog, k4, sm, repeat from * to last 18 stitches, k7, sm, k9, k2tog.

Row 33: Slip 1, k9, sm, *k7, sm, k1, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k11, sm, repeat from * to last 18 stitches, k7, sm, k1, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, k2tog.

Row 34: Slip 1, k1, p4, p7tog, k3, sm, *k7, sm, k9, p1, k1, p4, p7tog, k3, sm, repeat from * to last 17 stitches, k7, sm, k8, k2tog.

Row 35: Slip 1, k8, sm, *k7, sm, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k12, sm, repeat from * to last 17 stitches, k7, sm, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, k2tog.

Row 36: Slip 1, k1, p4, p7tog, k2, sm, *k7, sm, k9, p1, k2, p4, p7tog, k2, sm, repeat from * to last 16 stitches, k7, sm, k7, k2tog.

Row 37: Slip 1, k7, sm, *k7, sm, ssk, k1, mBR, yo, k15, sm, repeat from * to last 16 stitches, k7, sm, ssk, k1, mBR, yo, k3, k2tog.

Row 38: Slip 1, k2, p2, p7tog, k2, sm, *k7, sm, k9, p1, k4, p2, p7tog, k2, sm, repeat from * to last 15 stitches, k7, sm, k6, k2tog.

Row 39: Slip 1, k6, sm, *k7, sm, k3, mBR, k6, yo, k3, k2tog, k4, sm, repeat from * to last 15 stitches, k7, sm, k3, mBR, k2, k2tog.

Row 40: Slip 1, k2, p7tog, k3, sm, *k7, sm, k9, p1, k5, p7tog, k3, sm, repeat from * to last 14 stitches, k7, sm, k5, k2tog.

Row 41: Slip 1, k5, sm, *k7, sm, k10, yo, k1, yo, k2, s2kp, k3, sm, repeat from * to last 14 stitches, k7, sm, k5, k2tog.

Row 42: Slip 1, k5, sm, *k7, sm, k5, p5, k9, sm, repeat from * to last 13 stitches, k7, sm, k4, k2tog.

Row 43: Slip 1, k4, sm, *k7, sm, k10, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, s2kp, k2, sm, repeat from * to last 13 stitches, k7, sm, k4, k2tog.

Row 44: Slip 1, k4, sm, *k7, sm, k4, p4, p7tog, p1, k9, sm, repeat from * to last 12 stitches, k7, sm, k3, k2tog.

Row 45: Slip 1, k3, sm, *k7, sm, k11, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, s2kp, k1, sm, repeat from * to last 12 stitches, k7, sm, k3, k2tog.

Row 46: Slip 1, k3, sm, *k7, sm, k3, p4, p7tog, k1, p1, k9, sm, repeat from * to last 11 stitches, k7, sm, k2, k2tog.

Row 47: Slip 1, k2, sm, *k7, sm, k12, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, s2kp, sm, repeat from * to last 11 stitches, k7, sm, k2, k2tog.

Row 48: Slip 1, k2, sm, *k7, sm, k2, p4, p7tog, k2, p1, k9, sm, repeat from * to last 10 stitches, k7, sm, k1, k2tog.

Row 49: Slip 1, k1, sm, *k7, sm, k15, yo, mBL, k1, k2tog, sm, repeat from * to last 10 stitches, k7, sm, k1, k2tog.

Row 50: Slip 1, k1, remove marker, *k7, sm, k2, p3, k4, p1, k9, sm, repeat from * to last 9 stitches, k7, remove marker, k2tog.

Row 51: Slip 1, *k7, sm, k4, ssk, k3, yo, k6, mBL, k3, sm, repeat from * to last 9 stitches, k7, k2tog.

Row 52: Slip 1, *k7, sm, k3, p1, k5, p2, k8, sm, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, k6, k2tog. [138 (242) stitches remain]

Repeat Rows 1–52 two (4) more times. [34 stitches remain]

END GARLAND PATTERN

NOTE: You will continue to decrease 1 stitch every row.

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1, k6, sm, k4, ssk, k3, yo, k10, sm, k6, k2tog.

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1, k6, sm, k9, p1, k9, sm, k5, k2tog.

Row 3: Slip 1, k5, sm, k3, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, k10, sm, k5, k2tog.

Row 4: Slip 1, k5, sm, k9, p4, p7tog, k5, sm, k4, k2tog.

Row 5: Slip 1, k4, sm, k2, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k10, sm, k4, k2tog.

Row 6: Slip 1, k4, sm, k9, p5, p7tog, k4, sm, k3, k2tog.

Row 7: Slip 1, k3, sm, k1, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k11, sm, k3, k2tog.

Row 8: Slip 1, k3, sm, k9, p1, k1, p4, p7tog, k3, sm, k2, k2tog.

Row 9: Slip 1, k2, sm, s2kp, k1, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k12, sm, k2, k2tog.

Row 10: Slip 1, k2, sm, k9, p1, k2, p4, p7tog, k2, sm, k1, k2tog.

Row 11: Slip 1, k1, sm, ssk, k1, mBR, yo, k15, sm, k1, k2tog.

Row 12: Slip 1, k1, remove marker, k9, p1, k4, p2, p7tog, k2, remove marker, k2tog.

Row 13: Slip 1, k3, mBR, k6, yo, k3, k2tog, k4, k2tog.

Row 14: Slip 1, k9, p1, k5, p7tog, k2, k2tog.

Row 15: Slip 1, k9, yo, k1, yo, k2, s2kp, k2, k2tog.

Row 16: Slip 1, k4, p5, k7, k2tog.

Row 17: Slip 1, k8, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, k1, s2kp, k2tog.

Row 18: Slip 1, k2, p4, p7tog, p1, k6, k2tog.

Row 19: Slip 1, k8, mBR, yo, k1, yo, mBL, s2kp, slip resulting stitch back to left needle, k2tog.

Row 20: Slip 1, p4, p7tog, k1, p1, k5, k2tog.

Row 21: Slip 1, k8, mBR, yo, ssk, k2tog.

Row 22: Slip 1, p2, p7tog, k2, p1, k4, k2tog.

Row 23: Slip 1, k9, k2tog.

Row 24: Slip 1, k4, p1, k3, k2tog.

Row 25: Slip 1, k7, k2tog.

Row 26: Slip 1, k3, p1, k2, k2tog.

Row 27: Slip 1, k5, k2tog.

Row 28: Slip 1, k2, p1, k1, k2tog.

Row 29: Slip 1, k3, k2tog.

Row 30: Ssk, p1, k2tog.

Row 31: S2kp. [1 stitch remains]

Cut yarn and continue to Finishing section, below.

GARLAND PATTERN: CHART

NOTE: New to reading charts? Learn everything you need to know with our Reading A Chart Tutorial!

Starting in the bottom right corner of the Chart below, work right-side (odd number) rows from right to left and wrong-side (even number) rows from left to right.

Work Rows 1–52 of Repeating Garland Pattern 3 (5) times, until 34 stitches remain; then, work Rows 1–31 of End Garland Pattern once. Note that you will be decreasing the total stitch count by 1 stitch every row.

KEY

Garland Shawl | Purl Soho

CHART

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NOTE: Want to see it bigger? Download this chart (and key) as a PDF!

FINISHING

Weave in ends and gently wet block to finished dimensions.

Garland Shawl | Purl Soho
Garland Shawl | Purl Soho