Hen Wife Shawl Knit Pattern


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The Henwife Shawl is a generously sized 3/4 shawl designed to wrap around you and hang nicely on your shoulders much like a wrap or a blanket. I love to wear mine over my nightgown, when popping out to collect eggs or to the beach during chilly evening walks.

This shawl is inspired by the wise woman of its namesake, who is both a domestic matron and keeper of the hearth while also possessing knowledge of the old ways and secrets of the wild. She is a partner, a mother and a beloved member of the community while also embracing her role as a witch, a seer and possessor of magic. I believe there are many Hen Wives amidst us, tending to their communities while honouring the wild women within themselves.

I will leave you with this fabulous excerpt from “Myth & Moor” for they said it best! For more information on the Hen Wife, please be sure to check out their fabulous blog post.

“And this brings us back to the Hen Wife -- that figure of magic who dwells comfortably among us, not off by the crossroads or in the dark of the woods; who is married, not solitary; who is equally at home with the wild and domestic, with the animal and human worlds. She is, I believe, among us still: dispensing her wisdom and exercising her power in kitchens and farmyards (and the urban equivalent) to this day -- anywhere that women gather, talk among themselves, and pass knowledge down to the next generations."

The pattern provides charts where applicable, as well as written instructions. 

This pattern has been tested and tech-edited.

Techniques Used: Lace knitting, YO's increases, garter stitch, picot bind off. 
Yarn: Approximately 534 g/ 1328 meters / 1452 yards of DK wool. 
Specific Yarn Used in Sample: DK Cotswold yarn from Pender Island Farms: penderislandfarms.net (email is best)
Needles: 4mm / US size 6 circular needles with at least a 32” cord length (longer is better)
Notions: Stitch markers, blocking tools and tapestry needle.
Gauge: Blocked Garter stitch 17 sts x 18 rows = 10 cm / 4”
Garment Size:  One Size: Each side is 140 cm / 55" with a depth of 69 cm / 27"


  • The sample was worked with locally produced wool, and as such the yardage and weight are based on best estimates and on tester’s feedback. Please see PenderIslandFarm.net for more information on how to get in contact with this fibre producer.

  • This shawl is a 3/4 construction with the side panels garter stitch, and the back centre panel consisting of lace, following Charts A through D twice, and ending with a lace border consisting of Charts A & B worked along with all 3 panels.

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Ravelry page to the pattern can be found here: The Hen Wife Shawl 

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