Birds of a Feather

January 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, )


Lately I have noticed a resurgence in the popularity of Cowichan sweaters. I love the vintage quality they have. The browns and taupes with their earthy designs. I was inspired to create something like it for myself. I wanted something a bit lighter so I could wear it more often (it’s rarely cold enough to warrant the original thick sweater around here). So a shrug was just right.


I am also inspired by the charming image of birds. Once I started looking for them began to see themĀ  everywhere, stamps, paper, fabric, and of course, in the sky. These birds sit contentedly on a branch looking at each other. They are birds of a feather.


This shrug was knit with 12 skeins of Mirasol Sulka (a lovely combination of wool, alpaca, and silk in a 16 stitch gauge) in truffle (9), cocoa(1), and snow white(2) and was knit on US 9 (5.5mm) needles.

Go to paypal now to purchase this pattern for $5! Patterns are sent via email in PDF format.

PS. Thanks for being my model Anja!


  1. Birds of a Feather said,

    […] closing in on the finish of my Birds of a Feather shrug. It’s my first time doing a color chart, and I was a little too tight on the first sleeve, […]

  2. Elaine Sainz said,

    I recently bought the fabulous patter for the Birds of a Feather Shrug and I have a couple of questions. I can’t locate the Mirasol Sulka yarn. Is it wool? What size yarn is 16 stitch gauge?

    Thank you!

    • alexaludeman said,

      Hi Elaine
      The yarn is called Sulka by Mirasol, here is a link with some more information:
      It’s a wool/silk combination. A 16 stitch gauge yarn is one that knits up to 16 stitches per 4 inches in stockinette stitch. It is a bulky or 12 ply yarn.
      Please let me know if I can be of any more help.

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