Embrace Creativity: Adapt a Small Triangular Scarf Pattern to Create a Shawl

I often find that I adapt knitting patterns to suit my style. It’s a great way to personalise designs and embrace my creativity. Recently, I came across a 50g ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Colour, sent to me by the lovely people at Rowan, and wondered what I could do with it. Could I adapt the small Triangular Scarf pattern by Jennie Atkinson that I knitted a few years ago? In this blog post, I will share my experience and the rewarding result of creating a shawl that maintains the appeal of the original scarf design with the ethereal beauty of the yarn.

I chose the Triangular Scarf pattern by Jennie Atkinson, as I had knitted it before and was delighted by its elegance, delicate lace motifs and Swarovski crystal-crochet trim.

Triangular Scarf by Jennie Atkinson knitted up by Esther Hartley

My Triangular Scarf by Jennie Atkinson knitted a few years ago.

The pattern was designed to create a small scarf/shawl, but I envisioned something larger. I knew that with a few adjustments, I could transform it into an equally stunning larger shawl that would showcase the beauty of the Rowan Kidsilk Haze Colour yarn. In addition, I chose this pattern because I had one 50g ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Colour, which was double the amount needed for the small Triangular Shawl and thus the perfect yarn for the project.

But first, a little bit about the yarn. Kidsilk Haze Colour, just like its sister yarn Kidsilk Haze, is a fusion of delicate kid mohair and luxurious silk, boasting ethereal weightlessness. With a mesmerising range of hues, it transitions through subtle washes of colour, evoking a watercolour-like effect. With a generous 420m per 50g ball, it’s ideal for crafting stunning accessories, just like my envisioned shawl. Choose from a selection of eight gorgeous shades.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Colour shades

I used the soft green shade, Brook, shown below.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Colour Brook

Before I started knitting, I carefully studied the original pattern, analysing the stitch counts, increases, and lace motifs. To create a larger shawl, I just needed to knit more pattern repeats, while ensuring I had enough yarn to complete the crochet trim. Easy!

However, adding the crochet trim and Swarovski crystals was not quite so easy as I could not use the original pattern instructions. I needed to figure out how many “8 ch, miss 2 dc” would be required to go along the cast-off edge of the shawl because it was now much larger than the original. Also, how many Swarovski crystals would I need for this longer edging?

After many calculations and considerations, I worked it out and threaded the crystals onto the yarn. And here is the result.

Adapted Triangular Shawl

And here is a close-up of the lace pattern…

Triangular Shawl close-up detail of lace pattern

I am really happy with the result. And the Kidsilk Haze Colour yarn – it’s just as gorgeous as the original Kidsilk Haze.

Click here to visit the original Triangular Shawl blog post.

Click here to find out more about Rowan Kidsilk Haze Colour.

Although adapting the small Triangular Shawl pattern allowed me to unleash my creativity in a very small way, I have created something unique. It served as a reminder that knitting patterns are not set in stone, but rather a starting point for exploration and personalisation. By modifying and expanding the design, I added a personal touch, transforming the shawl into a one-of-a-kind creation.

Do you change knitting patterns too? Or do you worry that it will end in disaster? Please let me know by leaving a comment – scroll down to “Leave a Reply” below.

Esther x