Eliza Scidmore’s Shawl

In Fingering weight yarn, One skein projects, Patterns, Shawls & Shawlettes, Shop sample available by Shannon

Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore was an American writer, photographer, and geographer in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She was a frequent visitor to Japan, where she fell in love with the gorgeous cherry trees she enjoyed while there. With the support of First Lady Helen Taft, she was able to begin to seed Washington, DC with Sakuras, and it is thanks to her that we are able to enjoy these gorgeous blooms every Spring.


  • Finished Measurements: 52” wide from tip to tip, 18” deep at center back.
  • Yarn: approximately 450 yards of fingering-weight yarn. I used Knitted Wit Victory Fine in Hydrangea.
  • Needles: US4/3.5mm circular needle, 24” or longer, or size needed to get gauge.
  • Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge: 24 sts = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch, measured after blocking.