Images reproduced with kind permission from Rachel Illsley / Unwind Knitwear

Rachel Illsley from Unwind Knitwear just consistently creates designs that make me want to crack open a new skein and get knitting right away! Her designs incorporate beautifully delicate design elements with subtle textures, and Fenwick is another stunning example of her exquisite work. She describes the shawl as follows:

Fenwick takes inspiration from shell artist Linda Fenwick and specifically two murals that she created to decorate a pair of garden pavilions in the grounds of Newby Hall in North Yorkshire. Linda Fenwick uses shells that she has foraged, or that are waste products from the food industry to create beautiful pieces of art. The Fenwick shawl explores and celebrates the textures and shapes of shells, worked at a loose gauge to create a draped accessory perfect for warmer months.

Rachel's humble summary of this shawl belies the incredible design details that she has managed to create with short row shaping and simple garter stitch details. As always, her pattern writing is exceptionally clear and comes with handy tutorials for working those glorious half circles - it is incredible to watch these appear on the needles!

Rachel used Miss La Motte Lustre for this design - a versatile yarn with extraordinary drape, a smooth hand and a delicious bit of mulberry silk. For the Fenwick palette, I became seduced by the colours present in Linda Fenwick's work; and set off creating delicate, naturally inspired colour ways (with a strong 'sea shell' inspiration thread running through my head) which you can find both here: and in some of the other available yarn bases. Rachel's original sample was worked in Birthday Cake and Cosmic Latte - but check out the testers' shawls for this project for added inspiration!

Please note that I do not own the creative rights to this pattern - it is available for separate purchase here: and here: