The Lonely Tree Shawl


One of the projects on my “someday” list has been a worsted weight shawl. I’ve always wanted to have a a touch of Kirsten Larson and Laura Ingalls in my life… even if the weather isn’t always quite right and I’m not about to be tossing one over my shoulders before I head out to milk some sassy milk cows in the dead of winter. At least not any time soon. Sylvia Bo Bilvia’s Lonely Tree Shawl has been in my Ravelry queue forever, just waiting for the perfect yarn to cast on with.

This shawl has all the characteristics that I look for in a lace shawl: an easy to remember pattern, top down construction and a nice simple border. The great thing about this one is that it’s knit with the worsted weight wool so it’s a super quick project (at least compared to other fingering or lace weight shawls I’ve been working on). I grabbed four balls of the new Wool of the Andes Superwash in Fjord Heather and my size 8 needles and got to work in the car on the way down to the Redwood National Park for 4th of July weekend.


It took three days of pretty steady knitting (knitting in the car, at the rest stop, around the campfire, in the tent and back in the car again) to finish it! One quick soak to wash the smokey campfire smell and it’s ready to wear (I LOVE that smell, but not when it’s tinged with the scent of cooking veggie dogs too!).

Now I have a shawl that reminds me of all those afternoons I spent dreaming of cabin life growing up and my vacation to one of the prettiest forests on this coast. The new Wool of the Andes Superwash feels just like regular Wool of the Andes (I was actually joking around the office that if they lost their ball bands I’d never be able to tell them apart) so now I can have my traditional wooly, rugged knits but I can toss them in the washing machine!


  1. Debbie Ryder / September 12, 2013

    Your finished shawl is lovely! But…Wondering where to find the lovely “Lonely Tree Shawl” pattern?

  2. Sue / September 7, 2013

    There was also a pattern from Sylvia for The Lonely Winter Tree that was done in bulky weight yarn.

  3. Melissa Brotherton / August 15, 2013

    I made this in some Madeline Tosh, and I love it! Yours looks beautiful. 🙂

  4. Jeane Vogel / August 13, 2013

    Three days! Heaven. Looks wonderful, heavier than the lace ones I’ve been working on (and ripping out!), but the clincher was the veggie dogs! MMMMM. I always take advice from sister veggies! I’m assuming another skein would make it longer. Thanks!

  5. Rachael / August 13, 2013

    That is beautiful! I’ll be placing a yarn order soon and there will definitely be yarn for this included in that order!

  6. Ladygray4 / August 13, 2013

    Beautiful!! But a little small – I think I’d like to make a larger one. Any idea how I’d go about that?

    • Bahar / August 13, 2013

      Hi Ladygray. I made a similar shawl to this and you just keep knitting it to make it larger. You start from the bottom point and keep adding to make the triangle larger. You can go from doll size, to big and tall size.