Kinsol is worked as a sideways triangle, increasing by one stitch on every right-side row to build the top lace border, then the bottom twisted stitch and garter border, then a repeating pattern of small and large twisted stitch Xs and double purl ridges, ending in a simple garter edge. The main pattern is worked on a stockinette background, keeping the wrong side rows simple.
The stitch patterns in this shawl are inspired by the Kinsol Trestle, one of the tallest timber rail trestle bridges in the world. Spanning the Koksilah River in the Cowichan Valley of British Columbia, this former railway bridge has been turned into a spectacular walking and cycling trail. The Kinsol Trestle bridge is now part of the Trans Canada Trail and the Vancouver Island Trail.
Measurements of sample
Width at top edge: 198 cm/78 inches
Depth: 95.5 cm/37.5 inches
US #8/5 mm needle for working flat, or the size needed for gauge—recommend a 32 in/80 cm or longer circular needle
US #7/4.5 mm needle for working flat, or one size smaller than your gauge needle—recommend a 32 in/80 cm or longer circular needle
All images by Elizabeth Elliott.