The Breathe and Hope Shawl

The yarn community is an amazing place. Fibre artists, crafters, makers, designers, dyers and farmers all come together to create a vibrant and active community that grows cultural, physical and mental well-being. A Local Yarn Store (known affectionately as a LYS by many in the fibre arts community) both serves and celebrates with this community, so to be at the giving-end of this new community-driven day of celebrating LYSs is such an honour! The 3rd annual Local Yarn Store Day was scheduled for today, April 25th… however, due to circumstances that render most yarn storefronts closed, this day of celebration has been postponed to September this year.



But as we are a strong community, an initiative has been launched to do a knit-a-long of the Breathe and Hope shawl by designer Casapinka who has supported LYSes with a free specially-designed pattern on this day for each of the first two years; and couldn’t be persuaded to postpone in this time of need!

If you wish to support us as your LYS with joining in on this knit-a-long, we will offer $10 store credit for your next purchase to anyone who purchases two or more fingering weight skeins to knit this shawl on the April 25th Postponed LYS Day today, AND send you a FREE copy of Casapinka‘s Breathe and Hope shawl pattern that can be redeemed up to midnight Pacific time on Sunday (April 26th).


And if you would prefer a kit, we have taken up the challenge and kit up four colour combinations for this shawl that best represent the east van hoods that we call home (and we will offer 15% off these kits today only):



Mount Pleasant:



For our kits we have chosen one of our newest lines of yarn for 2020, Chester Knits Soft Sport because as soon as they arrived almost all of our staff ‘sampled’ and fell in love with this base. Using a sport-weight instead of the pattern’s fingering recommendation, the yardage needed would require two skeins of each colour and your shawl will end up slightly larger than the pattern’s given dimension. The colour combos chosen above are:

  • Hastings: Peacock and Daffodilly reflecting the vibrancy that is found when a florist, record store, LYS, bookstore and olive oil distributor line a city block;
  • Renfrew: Cactus and Pink Pop colourways to echo the avenues of sakura blossoms found in this neighbourhood;
  • Mount Pleasant: Tiger’s Eye and Bubble Gum Ice Cream create a more damper colour combo of for a more sophisticated audience;
  • Strathcona: Flash Mob and Sea Foam to reflect the welcoming streets of this multicultural neighbood.

The top two are high contrast colour combinations that will make the colourwork pop, whereas the bottom two are low contrast colour combos where the overall colours blend together in the eye of the beholder. The bottom combo is a best representation to Casapinka‘s Breathe and Hope shawl sample colourways.

For today only we will offer a 15% discount if you purchase 4 or more skeins of the Chester Knits Soft Sport. I can promise that this yarn is most likely not going to go on sale again this year, and that you will also fall in love with it as quickly as our team has! And with your purchase in support of your neighnbourhood LYS we will send you a coupon code for Casapinka‘s Breathe and Hope shawl as well!


So join us in this casual knit-a-long! I will be casting on on Sunday, and we will put together some prizes in our Ravelry page by mid-week to keep things light in this heavy time! Here’s some pattern considerations to ponder:

Pattern Details and Suggested Materials
Boomerang/asymmetric triangle shape
15” deep by 78” at neck edge
Intermediate beginner and no brioche
2 skeins of fingering weight yarn (or subbed above with 4 skeins of Chester Soft Sport with a recommended US 3-5 [3.25-3.75mm] needle)
Color A (variegated or solid) – 400 yards
Color B (solid) – 400 yards
10% wiggle room is built into thia patterns for yardage so that is up to you if you are going to use less than 400 yards.


2 thoughts on “The Breathe and Hope Shawl

  1. I love this shawl, but am more interested in earthy colours with contrast. Grays, ambers, Taupes, etc. Any ideas?

    1. The Mount Pleasant colourway is my most earth/sky version; but you can pair up any two colours your heart desires for this gorgeous shawl!

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