Wishmaker Shawl

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Hidden deep in a forest in Yorkshire, not far from a tumbling waterfall, sits a mysterious shelter known as “The Hermitage.” The hollowed out cave is just big enough for one very shy dweller to live tucked away from the rest of the world, surrounded by the whispering of trees and the scurrying of little woodland lives. It must have taken enormous effort to carve a tiny house out of a gigantic boulder in 1790, but someone did it. This astonishing home is mysterious enough, but another surprise awaits. Climb up to the roof and you’ll find two curious chairs hewn from the same rock. Legend says that these are the Wishmaker’s chairs, which will grant your heart’s desire if you take a seat and make a wish in one, and then hop over to sit in the other. It is a beautiful bit of magic concealed in an enchanted corner of the English countryside.

This shawl shares something of the character of the Wishmaker’s chairs: the marriage of work and whimsy, a break from the busy world, and a reminder that wishing and dreaming is an important part of even the quietest existence. Wishmaker is an asymmetrical triangle shape knit from cosy DK weight yarn. Its rustic textures of garter and eyelets borrow from the natural world, while deep stripes of three colours keep the eye moving across the shawl. It’s the perfect accessory to wrap around yourself for a peaceful wander through the woods in your own company.

There is something beautiful and poignant about a hermit’s retreat that features not one, but two Wishmaker’s chairs. Perhaps the maker of the Wishmaker’s chairs wished for something more than solitude. To withdraw from the world in the hopes of being alone, and then carve out a place for a companion to sit may seem strange, but it reminds us of the balance we seek in our own creativity. We create first and foremost for ourselves, but the sharing of the things we make is where the true magic resides.


One size.
Blacker Yarns Blacker Breeds Gotland DK [100% Pure New Wool - Gotland, 109m/119yds per 50g ball], 6 x 50g balls.
Colour A: Dawn (2 balls), Colour B: Shower (2 balls), Colour C: Turquoise (2 balls).
Or Blacker Yarns Swan Falkland Islands DK [100% Merino, 109m/119yds per 50g ball], 6 x 50g balls.
Colour A: Navy (2 balls), Colour B: Pale Lavender (2 balls), Colour C: Stone (2 balls).
Or approximately 235g of DK weight yarn totaling 520m/570yds. Colour A: 70g, Colour B: 80g, Colour C: 85g (actual yarn used).
5mm (US 8), 100cm (40") long circular needles.
Or Size to obtain gauge.
Tapestry needle.
16 sts/28 rows = 10cm (4") in garter stitch after blocking.

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