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This is the seventh design in the Celtic Cable Shawls collection.

Ishneich is a top-down triangular shawl, designed to work well with a variegated yarn and a co-ordinating solid or semi-solid. The cabled section features a Celtic knot comprised of a single strand looping around itself. Two lateral braids are worked after the cabled section, and finally a lace edging is knitted on perpendicularly.

In the materials list, Yarn A refers to the semi-solid yarn used for the cabled section and Yarn B refers to the variegated background yarn used in the body section and lace edging.

Finished Measurements

S [L]

Shown in size L

Length of neck edge: 45 [60]”/(114 [152.5] cm)

Neck edge to centre point: 22.5 [30]”/(57 [76] cm)


  • 4.0 mm/US size 6 needles (or size needed to obtain gauge; long circulars recommended)
  • Yarn A: 285 [370] yds/(261 [338] m) of fingering weight yarn (sample shown in Malabrigo Sock, ‘Aguas’ 100% merino, 440 yds/(402 m) per 100 g)
  • Yarn B: 205 [268] yds/(187 [245] m) of fingering weight yarn (sample shown in Malabrigo Sock, ‘Pocion’)
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Waste yarn
  • Cable needle
  • Darning needle
  • Pins/wires for blocking

Skill Level

Intermediate to advanced. Skills required include:

  • Garter tab beginning
  • Closed-loop cables (tutorial links included in pattern)
  • Lateral braids (explained in pattern)
  • Basic lace
  • Knitting on an edging perpendicularly