Margaret Sullivan’s Shawl

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

One of the neighborhoods in Portland that I used to spend a lot of time in is Sullivan’s Gulch, named after the Sullivan family. Timothy was a world-class traveler until settling in Portland and building his homestead. He met his wife, Margaret, in Tasmania in 1841. This shawlette seems the kind of thing a globe-trotting, practical 1800s woman would throw on to head out to tend to the chickens.


  • Finished Measurements: 70″ wide, 20” deep at center.
  • Yarn: approximately 750 yards/686 m fingering- or sport-weight yarn. I used Knitted Wit Fingering in Stonewall for the pink variegated shawl and Knitted Wit Sport in Fighting Iris for the purple shawl.
  • Needles: US5/3.75mm circular needle, 24” or longer, or size needed to get gauge.
  • Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge: 18 sts & 34 rows = 4″ (10cm) in stockinette stitch, measured after blocking.