NINE MAIDENS SHAWL

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

This crescent shawl features an intricate cabled edging inspired by carved knotwork from a Pictish symbol stone. The lower edge of the shawl can either be left plain, or finished with a crochet chain cast-off; the body of the shawl is shaped with short rows

The crochet edging can be done with knitting needles instead (instructions included in the pattern), or an entirely different edging could be substituted.

Note that this is quite a small shawl: if you’re concerned about it coming out too small, remember to check your gauge carefully before beginning (and block your gauge swatch!). For a larger shawl, you could work in a slightly heavier weight yarn (perhaps DK/light worsted), and slightly larger needles.

Because the cables are on a reverse garter st background at the lower edge of the shawl, there is quite a lot of purling. Also note that there are some WS cable rows, so this pattern requires quite a lot of concentration!

Finished Measurements

Lower edge: 56"/(142 cm)

Depth from neck edge to lower edge: 7.5"/(19 cm)

Materials/Tools

  • 4.0 mm/US size 6 needles (or size needed to obtain gauge) for flat knitting (long circulars recommended)
  • 2.75 mm/US size C crochet hook
  • 390 yds/(361 m) of 4 ply/fingering weight yarn (sample shown in Lioness Arts King of the Jungle Sock, shade ‘Thoughts’, [80% merino, 20% nylon, 395 yds/(361 m) per 100 g])
  • Waste yarn
  • Cable needle
  • Darning needle
  • Pins/wires for blocking

Skills required

Intermediate to advanced. Skill required include:

  • Provisional cast-on (optional; tutorial link included)
  • Complex closed-loop cabling (tutorial link included)
  • Some patterning on WS cable rows
  • Short row shaping
  • Crochet edging (optional)