Cirrostratus Shawl – a knitting pattern

Cirrostratus shawl knitting pattern | Shortrounds Knitwear

I’m so excited to share my latest pattern with you. The Cirrostratus Shawl goes live on Ravelry today!

This cosy yet light shawl takes its name from the clouds that form at high-altitude in those beautiful wispy blanketed layers.

You all know I have a thing for textures in everything I make – and this shawl is no different. Cirrostratus features a wonderfully satisfying dot stitch, contrasting with a lofty slipped stitch which creates a snug but lightweight feel. The denser slipped stitches add depth in between the lighter dot stitch pattern.

Cirrostratus Shawl | Shortrounds Knitwear

I’ve loved developing this shawl. It’s so flexible, with two completely interchangeable repeating stitch patterns, as your shawl grows you can choose when to switch to the next layer. And whether you choose to follow my pattern instructions or build your very own unique version of Cirrostratus, this shawl will keep your interest from start to finish.

Create this in a sumptuous single colour, or make it the perfect stash buster. This shawl can make for some great colour play – use one, two, three or more colours as you swap through your layers.

Cirrostratus Shawl | Shortrounds Knitwear


Sample shown uses two skeins of Eden Cottage Yarn in Hayton 4ply in colourway Apricot Tulip (380yds/350m, 80% merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon, 100gms) or approx. 760yds/700m in fingering weight yarn.

Suggested needles

3.5mm (US 4)
4.0mm (US 6)


23 sts and 33 rows per 4 inch in dot stitch pattern with smaller needles
21 sts and 64 row per 4 inch in slipped stitch pattern with larger needles

Finished measurements

Wingspan 90 inches / 228cm
Depth 15.5 inches / 39cm

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