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Friday, July 25, 2014

Spiral Shawl

This is one of my favorite shawls. I found my pattern in a magazine in the early 80’s and made my ‘first Spiral Shawl.
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               PINWHEEL SHAWL Photo
The original shawl in the magazine was made with Bernat Berella yarn and a size F-4 hook. I made the shawl with Red Heart yarn, in white like the photo, using Red Heart WW yarn and a size I-9 Susan Bates hook. Even after all these years and many bouts with the washer and dryer it is still in service.

This spring I decided it was time to make something for myself and I recreated the shawl in Red Heart Super Saver “Honeydew” also with a Susan Bates size I-9 hook.

Each time I wear it it draws a lot of attention and many ask me where they can get the pattern.

This shawl requires about 20 oz  of Worsted Weight yarn, perhaps less if you opt for a different border and is very easy to make.

There are only 3 large spiral motif’s.  They are joined on each side, with a short almost invisible overcast seam, to form the shoulders.   The way it is designed the shawl curves slightly so it is not constantly slipping off.
IMG_4931It has a net border of simple chain stitch loops that are topped off with a luxurious deep fringe.  I absolutely adore fringe but for those who don’t, almost any border could be adapted.

     When I wash a shawl with fringe, instead of putting it in the dryer, I hang it over the shower curtain rod to dry.  Then while it is still damp, I use an ordinary hair pic to comb out the fringe.

Ufortunately this is NOT my pattern so the pattern is not on this blog.  BUT……..
I also know the magazine where I found my pattern must be out of print by now and although many have asked me for the pattern I cannot share my copy because of the copyright laws. 
I have no idea how the current owner of the pattern acquired permission to post it but I decided to post her link for those who wish to make this shawl.
As of this writing her pattern is being offered for free.  The source for this pattern is here: 

Please note this link is to an off-site location that I am not affiliated with.


  1. Wow, what a beautiful shawl! ♥ Pattern and color both are great. Thanks for sharing the link.
    Greetings, Nata

    1. One of my favorites over the years but I don't own the pattern. So many have asked for it when I found this link I just had to share.
      Thanks for your visit and your note. Dorie

  2. Thanks so much for sharing the site Doris .. your work and blog are lovely and appreciated. The link to the spiral shawl is easy to find but not printer friendly .. bummer lol
    Would cost so much in printer ink .. on a senior income I have to watch spending.

    Thanks again,