Chastity by Karen Robinson


September 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
700 yards (640 m)
40" (101.5 cm) long and 6.5" (16.5 cm) at widest section
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This shawl is part of the Gawain’s Shield shawl collection, based upon the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Although chastity did not mean knights could not have sex at all, Galahad was the embodiment of chastity and was one of the only truly pure knights (and thus one of the very few able to achieve the quest of the Holy Grail).

Construction and Size
The crescent shape of the shawl is created by using German short rows and garter stitch. Then, the lace border is worked using the knitted-on border technique. When blocked, the shawl measures 40” (101.5 cm) long and 6.5” (16.5 cm) at widest section. The shape makes it wearable both as a narrow shawl as well as a scarf.

The sample was knit in two colors; however, the body and border can be knit as the same color.

US 5 (3.75 mm) 32” (80 cm) or longer circular needle, or size to obtain gauge


  • Thank you to Stitch Definition in helping to put this collection together: JS Webb Photography and Anne Podlesak for the photos, Maureen H for tech editing, and Elizabeth Green Musselman for the layout/graphic design.
  • Thank you to my test knitter, CrazierThanMyCat, who provided valuable feedback.
  • This pattern became available as an individual pattern on June 6, 2016. The book with the other patterns in the collection is also available on Ravelry (digital) and on the Gawain’s Shield website (print).

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