Cape Point Shawl by Sally-Jane Cameron

Cape Point Shawl

October 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
547 yards (500 m)
one size
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Cape Point Shawl forms part of my Mzansi - South Africa on my Needles collection, available as a stand alone pattern or an Ebook where you get all 15 patterns for only $20!

This pattern has been Tech Edited by Sue Cameron and Martha Jane McLellan and has been test knitted

My love of Cape Point was sparked by Andre, the photographer for this pattern and my book. He is
a landscape photographer and seeing this beautiful outcrop of mountain, at the south westerly tip of the Cape Peninsula through his eyes and his lens left a lasting impression on me. Strangely, my favourite place is not the point itself, but a little known bench located just after you enter the Cape Point Reserve.

The bench is easy to miss, especially if you rush straight for the Point, following all the other tourists. It is so easy to be in such a rush to get to the end that we miss the moment. For those who do stop, many will just see a bench and move on but for me it is special. There are different places on earth that speak to each of us, to which we feel a special connection. You know when you have found a place like this, no one has to say anything. You can just feel it in your heart and you are more for having had this experience. The bench—alone, waiting, resting, peaceful. Sometimes just knowing that a place of calm exists is enough, even when we are not there. We know it is there and we can always go back.


Cape Point is a naturally crescent shaped shawl that will curve around your shoulders easily or snuggle your neck if you like to wrap your shawls like a scarf. Knitted from the top down, this shawl has a garter stitch body with a chevron edge. This makes a dramatic shawl without any need for lace experience.

Difficulty Level: Beginner
This is an easy shawl with the body is all garter stitch. The edge is very easy and is made with decreases and yarn over increases. The edge instructions are both charted and written.

Skills Needed:
Garter Tab Cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, stretchy cast off.

3.75 mm/US 5 circular needles at least 100cm/40” long, or size to obtain gauge

Fingering weight/sock weight merino
I used Nurturing Fibres Super Twist sock wool (100g; 330m/360yd)
Main Colour: Brown 100g (330m/360yd)
Colour A: Deep Blue 10–15g (33m/36yd – 50m/54yd)
Colour B: Teal 10g (33m/36yd)
Colour C: White 10g (33m/36yd)
Colour D: Brown/Green 10–15g (33m/36yd – 50m/54yd)
Colour E: Sky Blue 10–15g (33m/36yd – 50m/54yd)

The chevron pattern is worked in colours that look like the transition from the ocean to the land and then to the sky. Starting with the deep blue ocean, which changes colour as it nears the land, to the white breakers against the rocks, the brown/green landmass of the point itself and then finally up into the vast African sky above. The pattern suggests specific colours and numbers of rows per colour, but feel free to improvise your own colour changes or use a self-striping yarn.

Stitch markers
Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends

Finished Measurements
Middle depth from neck to edge 40cm/15.5” Wingspan 133cm/52”

Gauge is not crucial in this pattern; however, it will affect the overall finished size of your shawl and the amount of yarn that you use.
Garter stitch: 23 stitches and 42 rows over 10cm/4” blocked

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or queries