The Love Hug Shawl Pattern – Contest Winner

Congrats to the designer of this beautiful pattern for winning the 'best heartwarming story' category in the Share the Love Design Contest.

My best friend was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2013. She lives six hours away, and though we see each other several times a year, the frequent hugging that this condition requires seemed to be an unmanageable obstacle to Lynna’s health. Early in November, inspiration came for a knitted hug that would be warm, relatively lightweight, avoid any incisions after her surgery, and would always be on hand when I was unavailable to fulfill my hugging duties. I attempted to incorporate Lynna’s deep faith, love of green growing things, and optimism for the eternal return of spring into a hug of earth and leaves and transformation.

Personally, this was the most difficult project I have ever executed. I ripped out rows and ripped again… and again… I knew how I wanted to accomplish the design but actually? And without errors? Where was my concentration? One dark day, having arrived at the second cuff, I saw that ten inches had to be removed and reknit. The following evening, someone else’s kitty decided that the silk in this yarn was a newly required dietary supplement. That repair took some time. Deepening my awareness, that was in fact struggling, narrowing my focus, and trusting that these were small problems helped considerably.Luckily it has been an incredibly long and frozen winter so there are many months for Lynna to enjoy her hug despite my agonizingly long production time.

I do not like to consider myself a perfectionist because, obviously, there is almost nothing in life that is or can be perfect; nature itself is most beautiful in all its glorious imperfection. However, the completion of a project to the best of my ability is my goal – even when I must learn what I do not know so that I can learn what I do not know. My abilities can be shaped by the state of the world, the state of my family, or my state of mind, AND I have the capacity to direct my focus and to knit success in the places where I spend that focus.


– Laines du Nord/Cashsilk 50% merino, 25% silk, 25% cashmere

  • (25 gr – ±67 yards/62m.)
  • 10 skeins – color 3 (coffee with cream)
  • 7 skeins – color 8 (soft healing green)

– Size 6 double pointed needles (5)

– Size 10 circular needles (16”)

– Stitch markers, large eye/blunt tip needle

These images might help you better visualize the end product:

You can download this shawl pattern by clicking the download now button above.

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