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Rainforest Canopy Shawl

The Rainforest Canopy Shawl is 20% OFF for a special launch discount until Friday 23 October with the coupon code RAINFOREST.

Note: this listing is for a PDF knitting pattern, not a knitted sample

The canopy of the ancient rainforest is a magical, self contained world. Countless trees, some more than three centuries old and two hundred feet tall, filter the hazy sun into flickering beams and pools of light. Cool, damp, and dim, it is home to a dazzling, diverse ecosystem. In the shelter of these branches, dainty fairy wrens, clever catbirds, and flocks of rollicking parrots squabble and swing from the vines. Orchids, moss, and ferns flourish in every available space. A million tiny beings climb, scurry, and slither to safety, living out entire lives without once touching the forest floor. It is a place of immense beauty and unending inspiration.

Inspired by the lush textures of the natural world, the Rainforest Canopy Shawl was designed for the O’Reilly’s yarn retreat, held in Lamington National Park in Australia. Quiet stripes of stockinette or garter stitch alternate with sections of dappled lace for a romantic but understated accessory. This shawl is ideal social knitting: relaxing, simple, and easy to pick up between bursts of conversation.

Choose from two sizes and shapes: a single skein shawlette, or a generous 2 skein shawl in the triangular version or a rectangle scarf; and between stockinette or garter stitch for the background in any of the versions.

Finished measurements after blocking:


127cm (50”) across top edge

97cm (38”) across cast off end


147cm (58”) across top edge

127cm (50”) across cast off end


20cm (8”) wide

185cm (73”) long

Yarn Used in Samples


Louie & Lola Merino Singles

100% Merino singles; 366m/400yds per 100g skein,

1 x 100g skein,

Colour: O’Reilly’s (teal sample)

NNK Yarn

100% SW Merino; 400m/437yds per 100g skein,

1 x 100g skein,

Colour: Dirty Mustard


Louie & Lola Merino Singles

100% Merino singles; 366m/400yds per 100g skein,

2 x 100g skeins,

Colour: Esk (grey-green sample)

Rose Hip Island Dreamy Merino Silk

75% Australian superwash merino, 25% mulberry

silk; 400m/437yds per 100g skein,

2 x 100g skeins,

Colour: Pink Rock Orchid


NNK Yarns Merino Fingering

100% Merino singles; 366m/400yds per

100g skein,

2 x 100g skeins

Colour: Blue and Pale Lilac

Actual yarn used:

Fingering weight merino single ply

Small: 366m/400yds; 100g

Medium: 622m/680yds; 170g

Rectangle: 494m/540yds; 135g


4mm (US 6), 100cm (40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)


Tapestry needle

1 Removable stitch marker


22sts/34 rows = 10cm (4”) in stockinette stitch after blocking

18sts/38 rows = 10cm (4”) in garter stitch after blocking

  • A PDF knitting pattern for the Rainforest Canopy Shawl and Scarf
  • Size3.9 MB
  • Length33 pages


Rainforest Canopy Shawl

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