This is the fourth design in the Celtic Cable Shawls collection.
This top-down semi-circular shawl features a striped body and a richly cabled edging, with stitch patterns inspired by the key spirals commonly found in Celtic and Pictish art. A picot cast-off gives an extra shot of contrasting colour.
Two sizes are given, and the shawl can be blocked to a slight crescent shape, rather than semi-circle, if preferred.
The cables are worked upon a background of reverse garter stitch, so there’s a lot of purling! The cables themselves are not too challenging and could be attempted by a beginner at closed-loop cabling.
Advanced beginner to intermediate. Skills required include:
- Garter tab beginning
- Basic lace
- Closed-loop cables (tutorial links included in pattern)
- Picot cast-off
Finished measurements for sizes S [L]:
Length of neck edge: 43 ”/(109  cm)
Depth from neck to lower edge: 15.5 ”/(39.5  cm)
Materials and Tools
- 3.75 mm/US size 5 needles (or size needed to obtain gauge; long circulars recommended)
- Cable needle
- Pins/wires for blocking
For the striped version shown
- Yarn A (main yarn): 370  yds/(338  m) of fingering weight yarn (shown in Eden Cottage Yarns BFL Sock, ‘Hazel’ [100% wool, 436 yds/(399 m) per 100 g])
- Yarn B (contrast yarn): 116  yds/(106  m) of fingering weight yarn (shown in The Yarn Yard BBFL, green [100% wool, 207 yds/(189 m) per 55 g])
For a single-colour version:
486  yds/(444  m) of fingering weight yarn