Mothra Stewart

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo &co0py; Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

This shawl is worked from the center, out to the border. The pattern increases are based on the pi-shawl method in which the stitch count approximately doubles at a distance twice as far as the last doubling of stitches.

This is often done with a single row of increases but with this shawl, the increases are added gradually in each section.
Additionally, the stitch count increases and decreases at the start and end of each moth motif so that they stand out more from the base fabric. Refer to the written-out instructions for exact stitch counts.

This shawl is shown in a worsted weight yarn but the pattern is suitable for finer weight yarns as well, if a smaller shawl is desired. Choose a needle size that is suitable for that yarn weight.

The pattern offers both charted androw-by-row instructions.


26" / 66 cm radius at farthest point after blocking.


Approximately 700 yd / 640 m of worsted weight yarn in a wool or wool blend with good stitch definition.

Note: Yardage is overestimated to allow for discrepancies in gauge and swatching.

  • US 7 / 4.5 mm circular knitting needle, at least 60" / 150 cm long*
    cable needle
    stitch markers (optional)
    tapestry needle
* Or size to obtain gauge


18 sts x 21 rows over 4" / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch after washing and laying flat

Note: Gauge is approximated here and is not instrumental to the success of this shawl but may impact the finished size and yardage required for your piece. Yardage has been slightly overestimated to account for swatching and variation in gauge.

What you get

You are purchasing a PDF download. You will need a free copy of Adobe Acrobat to open and print the file. I accept Pay Pal payments only. This pattern is 6 pages plus a cover and is provided in color that should print well in black and white. The pattern includes photos and all the instructions needed to complete this pattern. The file may take a few minutes to download over a slower connection.

Skills required to knit this garment:

  • Knitting
    Reading charts
    Casting on
    Binding off
    Yarn overs

Resources and Thanks

Tech editing: Tracey Davidson

Charts and written-out instructions generated in Stitchmastery

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