Chaco Canyon Shawl by Anne Podlesak

Chaco Canyon Shawl

November 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch, after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1100 - 1125 yards (1006 - 1029 m)
One Size: 49 1/2" (125.5 cm) wide x 18 1/2" (46.5 cm) back neck to hem
This pattern is available from for $4.55.

This half-hexagon shawl is knit from the back center nek down to the hem. Increases are worked in 4 rays from the center back neck. The body is worked in stockinette stripes, and the bottom border features a wide band of beaded motifs representing various constellation and star patterns.

Yarn requirements: Main Color (Nightshade/dark blue) 2 skeins and Contrast color (Cayenne/burnt orange) 1 skein.

You will need approximately 980 size 6/0 seed beads and a size US 14 (0.75) cm crochet hook to add the beads.

Inspiration: Chaco Canyon was an area of flourishing building and culture for the Pueblo peoples between AD 900 and 1150. Many Chacoan buildings may have been aligned to capture the solar and lunar cycles, and there is some proposed belief that the buildings in the area functioned as a solar observatory. The area was abandoned following a 50-year period of drought, and is now preserved as a park/historical site in the Four Corners area of the US.