Kinsol Shawl Knitting Pattern

1 June 2022

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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.

Find a tutorial for how to make the twisted stitches featured in this pattern here.

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.

image description: a side view of a wooden trestle bridge
image description: a large triangular shawl, knitted from a light blue-grey yarn; it has twisted stitches; the shawl is suspended from the railings of a bridge over a river

Click to enlarge the image and see the fascinating details of the patterning.


One size

Finished Measurements

Measurements of sample
Width at top edge: 198 cm/78 inches
Depth: 95.5 cm/37.5 inches


Ancient Arts Yarns Lascaux Worsted [25% Manx Loaghtan, 75% Punta Arenas Wool; 220 yds/200 m per 3.5 oz/100 g]; colour: Rill; 5 skeins


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


Stitch markers
Yarn needle

image description: a close up of a corner of a shawl, knitted from a light blue-grey yarn; it has twisted stitches; the shawl is lying on a handrail; in the background you can see a wooden trestle bridge

All images by Elizabeth Elliott.

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About Elizabeth Elliott

Elizabeth Elliott learned to knit as a child, and started designing for hand knitters in 2010. Her work has appeared in several publications, including knit.wear, Twist Collective, and Knitscene. Elizabeth’s designs play with texture and geometry for clean, modern pieces with a timeless look. As a handspinner, she is fascinated by yarn structure, and strives to create designs that show off the best qualities of each yarn. Elizabeth lives in the Cowichan Valley, BC with her husband and her rescue cat, George.

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