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Familiars are the animal helpers for the magical folk. In the Appalachian mountains, they can take the form of a deer or a rabbit or even a bear. These creatures are hidden among the foliage and leafy decorations worked in the Familiars shawl. Look closely. They are there…watching…waiting…learning what they can of those who pass by.


This rectangular colorwork shawl is worked in the round using ten shades of Elemental Affects Shetland fingering weight yarn. The charts are based on 18th century European needlework and steek stitches are used to keep the right side of the project always facing the knitter.


It’s a big shawl that will keep you warm and give you a great dash of color in the process.


Kits available at Elemental Affects.

This pattern is for personl use only.


  • Finished size: 90.25” (229 cm) x 20.5” (52 cm)

    Gauge: 4 in. (10.16 cm) = 24.5 sts and 28 rnds (after blocking)


    Yarn – Elemental Affects - Shetland, 100% North American Shetland Wool, approx.118 yds/28 g (1 oz).

    Color A: Mioget - 8 skeins

    Color B: Dark Forest Moss  - 2 skeins

    Color C: Lichen - 4 skeins

    Color D: Old Gold - 2 skeins

    Color E: Midnight Blue - 2 skeins

    Color F: Wildflower Blue - 2 skeins

    Color G: Periwinkle - 2 skeins

    Color H: Deep Garnet - 2 skeins

    Color I: Burnt Orange - 3 skeins

    Color J: Dusty Red - 2 skeins

    Needles - US 5 (3.75 mm) 32 in. circular needle. An additional needle (smaller size, any length) for picking up stitches.

    Stitch markers.

    Before starting to knit, read the pattern carefully and make sure to check your gauge. You will thank yourself later.

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