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METAMORPHOSIS SHAWL - Assigned Pooling Knitting Pattern

METAMORPHOSIS SHAWL - Assigned Pooling Knitting Pattern

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The Metamorphosis Shawl is a big triangular crescent that is large enough to curl up in but elegant enough to wear anywhere. I designed it with enough stitch variation to be interesting to knit and really lovely to wear, but there’s nothing too difficult for an advanced beginner here.

Skill Level
Advanced Beginner


  • Approximately 650 yards of a sock-weight assigned-pooling colorway
  • Approximately 760 yards of a semi-solid, tonal, or non-pooling variegated colorway. If you choose a variegated colorway, look for one with random splashes of color rather than blocks of color. I call these Splashed & Speckled colorways in my shop.

The colorways used in the sample are Peacock Feathers on Stained Glass Sock for the assigned pooling colorway and Peacock Eyes for the other colorway. You could also use Sparkly Merino Sock or Sock Perfection.

Needles and Notions

  • Size 5 US circular needles that are at least 36 inches in length. A longer set will make things easier in the final rows of the project. I used a 60-inch set.
  • Three stitch markers. One should be removable to mark the RS of the work

Gauge is not crucial, but aim for a fabric that is fairly solid but not stiff when knitting stockinette. My gauge was 5-6 stitches per inch and 6-7 rows per inch.


  • The shawl is 22" from top to bottom at the center, going all the way down to 1" at the edges.
  • The width at the top is 76".
  • The width at the bottom is 174", giving it a gently ruffled edge.

Techniques Used
Berry Bobbles (clearly explained)
Knit 2 together
Knit 2 together through the back loop
Knit front and back
Purl 2 together
Slip as if to purl
Yarn over

Many thanks to Mary who test knit the pattern and offered very helpful feedback.

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