birnam wood wrap

this cozy wrap is the sibling to the dovecote shawl. the repeating theme of simple diamond motifs is played once again here, first in a straightforward direction, then changing to a crosswise formation, and eventually diverging into multiple diagonal pathways. an engaging knit from start to finish in luxurious sport-weight or laceweight yarn, this is a bramble to happily get lost in, both in the knitting and the wearing.

shown above: size petite in the unspeakably gorgeous road to china light, an alpaca/silk/camel/cashmere blend from the fibre company, colorway grey pearl; click here for a complete list of retailers.

shown below: size petite, also in road to china, colorway, ruby, once knit by karolyn who will tell that she cannot get enough of this yarn

to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the product page in the knitspot pattern shop.

once again, kate and courtney at kelbourne woolens were generous with yarn support for this project (and the previously-released dovecote shawl), providing the luxuriously beautiful fibre company yarn shown here. thank you so much!
karolyn test knit not one, but TWO copies of this piece because we worked up the numbers for a laceweight version as well, included in the pattern.

laceweight stole shown here wooly wonka fibers alpaca/silk lace yarn (yarn available only to club members)

many thanks as always to david for these beautiful photos—he’s celebrating his birthday today!

43 Responses to “birnam wood wrap”

  1. Kathy says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Anne! I’m just finishing Hypoteneuse and was thinking about another project for winter wear in a bit heavier yarn. This fits the bill perfectly.

  2. Yarndude says:

    Happy birthday to David! This shawl is beautiful.

  3. Hattie says:

    Oh wow, that green one is stunning!

  4. CorsetKitten says:

    This is fantastic! I haven’t knit a ‘stole’ yet, I’m sure this will be my first!

  5. Sidney says:

    Lovely! It makes me want to knit a rectangular shawl, although I mostly go for triangles…
    Happiest birthday wishes to David: I hope this will be his best year yet.

  6. Theresa says:

    Happy birthday, David!!

    And stop churning out lace patterns, Anne! I can’t keep up! 😀

  7. Uny says:

    Many happy returns of the day David! I’m thinking that I will have to try this one…

  8. Joan says:

    Hope David has a good, good birthday (you’ve got to keep him sweet- he’s an excellent photographer!), and thanks for even MORE lovely lace!

  9. Liz T. says:

    Beautiful pieces – I really like heavier weight lace. I hope David has a happy birthday.

  10. Diane says:

    Anne, I love that you display so many of your designs in different colors. I also enjoy seeing different poses. I get a much better idea of the full design. I think this might be another one to add to my “to do” list!

  11. rebecca says:

    Happy Birthday David!

  12. Linda in NC says:

    Happy Birthday, David!

    Yum – love this shawl in the heavier weight. I love seeing it in all the different colors and weights which helps to get a better sense of the piece and its possibilities. Were the edges knit at the same time as the body or knit on afterwards?

  13. Kim says:

    So pretty! I love those little points along the edging.

    Happy Birthday David!!

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  15. Jody says:

    Lovely and definitely worth the wait! I have 4 skeins of RTC Light and will make the largest size possible with them. Considering the timing of starting the design of this just after I’d bought the yarn, it’s almost like you designed it just for me…LOL

    Have a great weekend-and HAPPY BIRTHDAY David!

  16. Barbara-Kay says:

    It’s beautiful! Thanks for the rectangular shape. I am finding myself more and more a rectangular gal. Triangular just doesn’t wrap my arms enough.

    Happy Birthday, David! Great pics!

  17. LittleWit says:

    Happy Birthday to David!

  18. diane says:

    Beautiful stole.

    My David had a birthday yesterday too! Happy wishes to yours.

  19. Beaweezil says:

    Happy Birthday David!

  20. Kari says:

    You’ve outdone yourself once again! I love the fact that you offer patterns in both stole and triangle versions.

  21. Rebecca says:

    Beautiful shawl! I’m now deep in the midst of the Maplewing but I think this one might be next. And hey David…October 1st is my birthday as well.

  22. Liz U says:

    Happy Birthday, David!

  23. Chery says:

    Happy Birthday, David. You take the most marvelous pictures. Have a good day.

  24. LeAnn Whiting says:

    The ruby and green really show off the diagonal center pttern. Another beautiful piece. I have used Woolay wonka yarn before – the Bee Shawl_ and really liked the yarn but When I go to the etsy shop, there is never anything for sale; I’m so dissappointed. Somehow I missed information about “the club”. Anyway, both these patterns are on my list and some Canopy in macaw is on the way for the shawl.

  25. I love the last photo the best – you look so cozy! Very happy birthday wishes to David, photographer extraordinaire!

  26. Toby says:

    I am a Shakespeare in Lace Club member so I was already familiar with the pattern, but I have to say it really looks gorgeous in the heavier yarn! I could actually see myself knitting the heavier version sometime in the future too.

  27. Geek Knitter says:

    Happy Birthday to David. Wishing you a year filled with love, laughter and good food!

  28. Neuroknitter says:

    What a stunning wrap! So timely for the autumn season!

    Happy birthday to David!! Many happy and healthy returns of the day!! 🙂

  29. dana says:

    i hope david gets some chocolate cake for his birthday.

  30. cathy says:

    Anne, we have to talk. I can’t knit as fast as you can turn out gorgeous new patterns! This one is just lovely, and the gray is so pretty on you.

    Happy birthday to David!

  31. Judi says:

    Happy Birthday David!! And many many more!

  32. Lanafactrix says:

    Lovely! And happy birthday, David!

  33. amanda says:

    Happy birthday David!

    Another lovely, geometric pattern. (And I’m drooling just thinking about the road to china yarn…it sounds lovely.)

  34. Melissa says:

    Diamonds really ARE a girl’s best friend! I’ll be adding this to my collection of must-knits. Gorgeous!!!

    Happy birthday, David! Thanks for being such an inspiration! 🙂

  35. Nathalie says:

    Happy Birthday, David!!

  36. Donna says:

    Happy Birthday, David! I hope it was a lovely one. And, btw, another goegeous pattern. I can’t choose between this one and Dovecote, so I am afraid I will have to purchase both . . .along with Ice Fantasia . . .

  37. Ann says:

    Another gorgeous design. I really can’t keep up with all your creativity.

  38. Linda says:

    I hope David had a great birthday. I love lace in thicker yarns, that stole looks lovely.

  39. nolaboard says:

    Oh dear, now I’m confused, I have the triangle, but now I want the stole… May have to buy that, too!
    And belated happy birthday festivities to your man.

  40. kerry says:

    Oooh, the green one is really lovely – what a gorgeous pattern!

  41. Nan says:

    Anne, that is a stunning wrap. I love the different parts on it.

    Please wish David a happy belated birthday for me.

  42. nancy schwartz sternoff says:

    ooooh anne, this pattern is magnificent. in the queue!!

  43. Romi says:

    Hee. Love the name. There used to be a plant rental business named Birnam Wood in San Francisco. It was my mother’s favorite little joke.