Coltrane Shawl – by Sonja Bargielowska


Coltrane was designed with John Arbon Textile’s Yarnadelic in mind. This yarn is inspired by music and so I wanted to create a pattern with the same inspiration. My mind turned to the syncopated jazz rhythms of ‘A Love Supreme’ on of my favourite John Coltrane albums. The stripe sequence in this shawl is repeated and modulated in a similar way to Coltrane’s melodies. It was so much fun watching the four shades blend together and I hope you’ll have a blast doing the same with your version.


John Arbon Textiles Yarnadelic, Sport / Heavy 4ply (100% Falklands Corriedale)
C1: Ordinary Joe (undyed); 1 skein
C2: Pink Moon; 1 skein
C3: Badi Da; 1 skein
C4: Nobody Knows; 1 skein

Sizing and Measurements

Wingspan: 208 cm / 82 inches
Depth: 61 cm / 24 inches

Coltrane is knitted from the centre out, so it is easy to increase or decrease the size by either adding or omitting repeats of the main body – please bear in mind that doing so will alter your yarn requirements.

Construction Notes

This shawl is designed to be reversible, by playing with Garter Stitch stripes on what are traditionally the right and wrong sides of the fabric. The edges are finished with a clean built in i-chord edging.

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4.5 mm (US 7 / UK 7) circular knitting needles suitable for working a large number of stitches
5 mm (US 8 / UK 6) circular or straight needle for working i-chord bind off


7 stitch markers (including 1 unique marker), darning needle to sew in ends


17 sts x 34 rows = 10 cm / 4 inch square measured over Garter Stitch. Always use a needle size that results in the correct gauge after blocking