Tuesdays with Tasha Tudor; Tasha’s shawls – A closer look!

Tasha Tudo'rs hand knit shwla

Tasha ~wearing her shawl~  while baking!! Take a close look at the edge!


I have often thought ~ that upon closer look, the grey shawl that we so very often see Tasha Tudor wearing, does not have the yarn over lace edging that so many kindred spirits use for knitting their Tasha style shawl . This type of edging can be quite annoying when it catches on things ~ especially when going about your daily task in the kitchen, garden or even the barn.

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Photograph by Richard Brown.

So I designed and knit a shawl that I believe looks a lot more like Tasha’s. I think Tasha would agree  – do you not??   I have recently found out from Tasha’s daughter, Bethany that my shawl is in fact  just like Tasha’s and that her Mom’s grey shawl did not have the yarn over lace edging.

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The Private World of Tasha Tudor ~ By Richard Brown

What a delightful friend I have made in her (Tasha’s daughter). Follow my blog so you will receive email notice when I share new post about when I  meet her, along with my many adventures at the T.T. museum and around the town of Marlboro – where I discovered that the shop owners did , indeed know Tasha and she was a  frequent customer of theirs ~ Tasha and her chicken!!

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Tasha wearing her hand knit shawl while carrying kindling. Tasha Does make the task look so elegant, while wearing her shawl, neck and head kerchiefs.
Photo from the book – ‘The Private World of Tasha Tudor’ By Richard Brown

Tasha’s daughter has also shared with me many of her fond memories of her childhood, along with some wonderful insights about her Mom – Tasha’s shawls.

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You can order a shawl handknit especially for you!         Available  in my etsy shop  – Links at the bottom of this post.

I like the red shawls, too!! I get enjoyment out of naming them – ” Forever Christmas Red”,  or “A Brighter Garden”.     It’s like wearing a warm Cozy (Hygge) Christmas feeling throughout the year !

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Here you see a little bit longer version of my “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl”

I know you will ” Take Joy” in knitting your very own Tasha style shawl ?

How beautiful this world is…….. ~ Tasha Tudor

I take Joy in the many new Kindred Spirit friends I see visiting my blog. I invite you to please follow along and share with me – the shawls or socks you have knit for yourself. Maybe you like gardening – I would love to hear about and see what you grow! Do you raise chickens? I use to when my girl’s where at home – I have a few chicken stories I should share sometime. Do you have a pet corgi or birds as Tasha. My middle daughter has a corgi – Jake Bones, I have a Yorkshire Terrier, Lady Mitzy, I call her” little girl” and she responds to that too. !


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I started knitting this T.T. style shawl after I purchased the wool yarn that had been spun from sheep in Vermont (Tasha Tudor’s home state). I actually enjoy knitting throughout the year. I find knitting to be relaxing, especially when it’s the type of knitting used to knit your Tasha Tudor style”Cottage Elegance” “Kindred Spirit” (Grey) and “Cottage Elegance Cotton” (red) shawls. I seem to always have one on the needles

I invite you join a long with me in knitting our very own “Cottage Elegance” hand – Knits. Elegant yet functional, sturdy – classic – calming knits.

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A peaceful, calm knitting….

 Oct 2, 2016 Review from a happy customer

5 out of 5 stars *****

 From Angela

Adorable, love it, will be one of my first projects after scarves, can’t wait to make it, excellent seller, highly recommended, will buy more patterns from, thank you!


************PDF PATTERN AND SHAWLS FOR SALE***************

My digital PDF pattern is only available on etsy, as aftcra does not yet offer digital

~ Here you will find My PDF Pattern to knit your own Tasha Tudor style shawl:   https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=listing-shop-header-1


*************AFTCRA ********************

You can find custom knit shawls on my other venue/ boutique – selling site – AFTCRA



~  My Hand knit COTTON Tasha Tudor style shawl, available here:





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Tasha style hand knit shawl  ~ in progress…

This is such a meditative relaxing knit…… I seemed to always have one on my needles!

Tasha Tudor wearing her hand knit shawl while quilting!

Tasha Tudor wearing her hand knit shawl while quilting – by hand!



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Yarn in progress!

I would like to introduce you to a few of the very happy, healthy sheep that love living in Vermont!

They enthusiastically come running at the milking hour in anticipation of the delicious treat awaiting them at the milking stand. And they are equally delighted and relieved to share their wool with us.

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Lovely Vermont wool….I spy white, brown and even grey yarn! Do you see the grey yarn?

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Tasha Tudor style ” Cottage Elegance Shawl.” hand – knit of Vermont wool and Mohair

Custom knit shawl available in my AFTCRA SHOP:


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Emily in her hand stitched gown, wearing her custom hand knit Tasha Tudor style shawl that her mom ha custom knit for her.

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PDF Pattern – To knit your own shawl in Two styles, Cottage scarf and hand-warmers Plus many tips – Doll shawl etc

PDF Pattern – To knit your own shawl in Two styles, Cottage scarf with matching hand-warmers Plus many tips for knitting Doll shawl etc…

Available in my shop here :                                                             https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_active_1


Tasha Tudor style Hand knit red cotton shawl, hand knit triangle shawl http://www.tashatudormuseum.org/

“Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl” At a customers request I designed this shawl with the addition of a button loop and decorative brass button.

You can custom order “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl” Here:


You can take a closer look at the Tasha wearing her shawls in the many books about her Such as:

“Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom Crafts” by Tovah Martin and Richard Brown.

“Tasha Tudor’s Garden” by Richard Brown

“The Private World of Tasha Tudor’ by Richard Brown. ‘Tasha Tudor’s Garden’ by Richard Brown.



UPDATE : My burgundy shawl sold to a happy kindred spirit in Japan:

**From a happy customer in Japan**
“What a craftsmanship! Thank you so much for such beautiful works!”
She also purchased the wool Tasha Style shawl.
“Such a lovely item and very warm too. I really love it, thank you so much!”
You can find the wool Tasha Style shawl here:


From yet another Kindred Spirit in Pennsylvania!!

She was so delighted that her children had purchased one of my grey Vermont wool shawls for her (their Mom) as a Christmas gift. I was happily ~ surprised with a phone call from her ” I love my Tasha Tudor ~cottage style~ shawl. I love the wool it’s so soft and still contains a soft lovely scent of lanolin and I love that the wool is grey and came from Vermont where Tasha lived ”

Happy knitting. Please follow my blog so you will receive notification when I make new post. If you have any questions please leave a comment  ~  I would dearly love to hear from you !

Please enjoy some of my other post, here;


Here you will find a delightful story about Tasha Tudor’s Daughter Bethany and the doll Tasha made for Bethany.                                                                            https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/a-doll-for-bethany-the-beginning




Thank you for stopping by, please do have a beautiful day!

Take Joy


PLEASE ~ DO NOT PIN !!  ~ All content and photos of my blog, etsy shop, facebook and instagram copyright @ 2013 –  2017 by  Melissa O’Connor



17 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Tasha Tudor; Tasha’s shawls – A closer look!

  1. Hi! stumbled onto your blog. I love it! I need to find time to look at all your posts. I signed up to follow you by email. I really would like to make this shawl. Will you email me the instructions? Thank you.

  2. I happened upon your blog while I was searching for an elegant shawl pattern, I would love to receive the pattern for the Tasha shawl, I am at present spinning some gorgeous grey fleece that would be so suitable for it. Your blog is very interesting and I would be happy to follow you and receive emails.

  3. Hi Melissa,
    I have subscribed to your blog and sent you an email. I loved reading about your trip to PEI. My husband and I did that back in 2004. What a beautiful place! I too would love to get the Tasha shawl pattern. I’ve been looking for it for almost 10 years. I love to knit, but couldn’t figure out how to make one without a pattern. I love Tasha and her lifestyle, and beautiful books and paintings. I wear long skirts and dresses, and live in northern Maine, so a shawl like hers is just what I need.
    We have a very successful toy business, http://www.elvesandangels.com, and we have homeschooled all of our 12 children. Our youngest is now 17, so it’s our last year of “school”. We live on a small farm,(40 acres) and raise our own chickens, and turkeys. I have read all the Tasha Tudor books to all my children, and now to my grandchildren. What I love most about her , was her willingness to be completely herself, in spite of what the rest of the world was doing!

  4. I found your web site when I was looking for a Tasha Tudor shawl pattern. Your pattern is easy to follow and I plan to knit one up . It is sad that people are taking things from your site and not giving you credit for the work that you have put into the pattern.

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