The Wind That Shakes the Barley Pattern

Another new pattern from me, a lovely semicircular shawl called The Wind That Shakes The Barley. It was inspired by the Irish folk song, and features ears of barley blown hither and thither. It has an interesting construction, being knit from the bottom edge of deep picot-tipped scallops to top, but despite the complicated-looking cast on it is a quick knit in DK weight yarn.

The pattern was first published in Knit Now magazine in March 2020.

Available now in the Payhip Granary Knits store .

2 thoughts on “The Wind That Shakes the Barley Pattern

  1. Hello Sue! I am looking forward to ‘To Begin at the beginning’ as I am trying to do the cast on for your Barleycorn shawl and my effort looks terrible! Regards, Julie (Melbourne, Australia)

    1. Hi Julie, I’m delighted you are working on the shawl pattern. If it is any help, when casting on, I used calabash pins (or safety pins if you don’t have those) to keep track of each segment repeat, and also the centre of each segment. I paid very close attention to my stitch count, to the extent I had to sit in a quiet room with no interruptions! I used standard cable cast on as it gives a nice edge. The picots are placed to sit at the base of the spine stitches as well as at the base of the dividing line at the centre of each segment. Since you called the pattern Barleycorn (Knit Now’s title not mine!) I suppose you have only the magazine pattern to work from, which does not have any working photos. The pattern listing at has a few closeups of the edge. If you would like to email me directly, , I can send you photos of my cast on edge once completed.

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