Did you know I didn’t release any new patterns in 2023? It’s true! The last pattern I released was the Mexican gothic shawl in November 2022. Before I continue, I just want to thank you for sticking around for this long <3

Now, without further ado, I am very happy to FINALLY show you my newest addition to the read-with-me family, the Dark Forest Shawl! You can find the replay of the LIVE Instagram reveal at this post, where I tell more about the book inspiration and the different sections that tell the story.


The shawl is inspired by Barkskins from Annie Proulx (The same book that also inspired the History of Trees shawl/CAL&readalong) and it’s the latest design for my Read-With-Me-collection!

This design is made in four different sections, or ‘chapters’ where I invite you to wander with me through the native american forests. Dense, dark forests with trees hundreds and hundreds of years old.
The first ripple stitch section is worked sideways (very fun to make!), before it continues with three easy – and very fun – filet crochet sections. Which are all inspired by different tree shapes. As you can see, the color changes from light to dark, signifying the misty, dense, native North-American forests, just as the book describes.


If you want to win a free copy and get the pattern before anyone else does, I have a special giveaway running!

Make sure to go to my Instagram and repost any of my Dark forest shawl posts in your own story or feed, using #darkforestshawl and tag me @aspoonfulofyarn.

I will pick a winner this Friday (on the 19th of January)!

Pre-sale and release date

From Jan 20th, you will be able to buy the pattern at the pre-sale on Ravelry. This will be your chance to get access to the pattern as soon as I hit that release button on the 26th when the pattern will be made available AND to get the pattern at the lowest price it will ever be!

On top of all this…

Everyone who buys a copy at the pre-sale will get an exclusive discount code for 30% off all of my other book inspired patterns. I really can’t remember the last time I gave such a hefty discount!


The shawl is made using Scheepjes Metropolis* (75% merino, 25% nylon), 50g/200m, in four colors:

Color A 024 Cota (white) x 1 ball (33g/132m used)

Color B 019 Marseille (light blue) x 1 ball (29g/116m used)

Color C 018 Suwon (medium blue) x 2 balls (58g/232m used)

Color D 017 Multan (dark blue) x 2 balls (85g/340m used)

Buy the yarn

If you don’t have a Scheepjes retailer nearby, please consider buying your Scheepjes yarn via one of the links below. It will give me a small commission, but it won’t cost you anything extra. That way I can keep making (free) patterns : ) Thank you for your support <3

UK/International: Wool Warehouse
Benelux: Caro’s Atelier
List of all Scheepjes retailers: Scheepjes website

The little pattern details

* A written pattern in English US terms or Dutch
* Clear tutorial pictures for the few tricky bits
* Crochet charts for the whole shawl
* Choose between a printer friendly version to save paper or a nicely formatted version
* Special techniques (explained with text, diagrams and photos): Picking up stitches along the side of your work
* Special stitches (US terms): back loop double crochet 3 together, otherwise, very straightforward with double crochet only

I hope you are excited after reading more about the pattern! The pre-sale will start this Saturday on the 20th of January and the pattern will be available from the 26th of January.


*Affiliate disclaimer

This post contains affiliate links. When you click this link and purchase something, I will get a small commission, but it will not cost you extra money. This way you can support my blog and I can keep making free patterns.


All patterns are for unlimited personal use. Do not reproduce, sell or publish (parts of) the patterns. Patterns may not be copied in any way (print or digitally), in part or in full, except for personal use. Items may be sold that are made from this pattern as long as the designer is credited.