This trio of shawls, much less a single one of these shawls, were never really supposed to happen.

This summer when my Mum came to visit we decided to take a trip to a cute LYS down the road from me. the Knotty Lamb, since my Mum is now an avid knitter and wanted to see what my shops have to offer (she lives up in Canada).

I spied some lovely Tot le Matin Tot Sport yarn and decided to treat myself to 3 skeins - enough to make a really lovely-sized shawl. My intent was mindless garter knitting - something to throw over my shoulders every day, all day, during the damp Oregonian winters. And then I asked a question about my color choices on Instagram. The rest is, as they say, history!

For the Love of Garter - a Trio of Shawls

Version 1.0 - 1 color, triangular, NO purl stitches

Version 1.0 is, as you might guess, the original inspiration for the collection. I had originally considered working this shawl in 3 colors, shifting from lightest to darkest across the shawl, but felt that it didn’t do the stitch pattern and shape any justice. When I took to Instagram, I received a ton of wonderful feedback that led the creation of the remainder of the collection.

My favorite part about this first shawl is the use of a new (to me) bind off, the Icelandic Bind Off, which is ridiculously garter-friendly. I’ve even created a new video tutorial showing you how to work the bind off: check out my new Icelandic Bind Off tutorial.

Version 2.0 - 2 color, triangular with a picot bind off

V2.0 seemed like a natural progression for me - I loved the shape and wearability of V1.0 but wanted to add a pop: not just to the border of the shawl but highlighting the columns of lacework. This embroidered column effect adds some wow-factor. And, of course, I created a new video tutorial for this beauty, too: check out the Highlighted Ladders video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Version 3.0 - 3 color, circular with a shawl collar

V3.0 allowed me to realize my desire to shift colors across a fall-like palette, while adding a new shape to the collection that seemed more appropriate for a change of colors like this.

The added collar allows you to keep your neck warm as you drape the shawl over your shoulders, or wrap it entirely like a cape-let.

Big Savings THROUGH this Week

I’m so excited about this little collection - it’s my first real collection that shows a range of my ideas and I’m quite proud of it. Working with the Tot le Matin yarns was a true joy and I think you’ll find that a variety of her colors work very well for either color a 2-color or 3-color shawl. It’s pretty easy (in my humble opinion) to select one color for Version 1.0 - ANY of her colors!

To celebrate the release of this collection, I’m doing a pretty exciting little sale over on Ravelry (unfortunately, not yet on my website as there appears to be an issue on the developer end and I can’t load my new patterns there… sniff).

Here’s the discounts:

Until Sunday, November 18th, purchase any of these patterns on Ravelry and get these savings automatically (no coupon code required, YAY!): 

  • Buy 1 shawl and save 10% 

  • Buy two shawls and save 15% 

  • Buy all three shawls and save 30%

Seems to me you could get a lot of holiday knitting done… just sayin’!

Thank you so much for coming by to check out my latest creations. I love them so much and I hope you, do, too!

Happy knitting!

Stitches West Release: Castilleja Cowl!

Ohmygosh you guysssss! I've been sitting on this for months and I'm so so so excited to finally release it! 

Castilleja Cowl

This collaboration between me and Tria of Material Culture Fiber Arts is all thanks to the ladies of the Yarnover Truck, Barbra and Maridee. It couldn't have been a better pairing (in my humble opinion, of course). ;)

The Castilleja Cowl ('Castilleja' being the Latin name for the Indian Paintbrush plant) is inspired by my Spytacular shawl but is worked the opposite way. We begin at the longest end and work our way down to the last stitch. What? Yes ma'am - no binding off! It's pretty awesome. 

Where to find it?

So this little beauty of a shawl is going to be on display at The Yarnover Truck at Stitches West this year - booth 1048 - where kits will be available for you to purchase right at the show! You'll get a copy of the pattern and the yarn needed to make your very own cowl. Seems like a pretty good jam to me! 

And guess what? I'll be at the Truck from noon to 2pm on Friday, February 24th, talking about this cowl and sharing some of my other designs to get your fingers itching to cast on! 

Can't make it to Stitches West?

No problem! I'd definitely love to meet everyone face to face but I know it's a big wide world and we can't get to EVERY single yarn-y event out there. So! To get your own copy of this pattern, you can download it from my Store on Ravelry or on my website

Here's the details about the cowl...

The Story

Growing up, as a Girl Guide, I spent a lot of time outdoors hiking. One of the only plants I remembered distinctly was the Indian Paintbrush, Latin name Castilleja. When this Indian Paintbrush colorway came my way, it became only too clear that it deserved to be something as special as that wild plant from my youth.


  • Material Culture Fiber Arts Modern Era (sock/fingering weight; 75% superwash merino, 15% nylon, 10% tencel; 430 yds / 4 oz skein) 1 skein ‘Indian Paintbrush’
  • US 4 (3.5mm) 24” circular needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Removable Markers (optional, for seaming)

Finished Size

21-inch neck circumference, 29-inch, shoulder circumference, 17-inches tall at front, 10-inches tall at back.


22 sts and 34 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch after blocking


  • This cowl is knit flat, starting at the Picot edge, and decreased to the top corner. The cowl is wet-blocked and them seamed post-blocking.
  • This pattern includes written instructions.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • This pattern begins with a Picot Cast-On. If you prefer to work a non-decorative edge, a standard Long Tail Cast-On is recommended.
  • While detailed written instructions are provided for the Picot Cast-On, if you are unfamiliar with the technique, I recommend this video:
  • Two other Cast On methods are used in this pattern. Here are some helpful tutorial videos if you are unfamiliar with these Cast Ons:

What are you waiting for?

Head on over to my Ravelry Store to get your copy of the Castilleja Cowl. Then head over to Tria's Etsy page and pick some amazing yarn. Grab your needles and a cuppa and get down to it! You won't regret it!

If you're on social media, feel free to tag #unapologeticknitter (or use @notsorryknitter on IG) so I can see your amazing creations! I can't wait to see your Cowls!