Courtesy by Karen Robinson


September 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
870 yards (796 m)
66" (167.5 cm) long and 7" (18 cm) wide
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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. Courtesy was the way knights treated other people, trying not to be offensive or do harm. Of all of these five virtues, it was perhaps the most important, which is why the Camelot yarn base, the seat of Arthur’s court, was chosen for this shawl. The spiral-like design on the border is also reflective of the knot Gawain gets himself into by trying so hard not to be discourteous to Lady Bertilak that he ultimately breaks his word to his host.

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 66” (167.5 cm) long and 7” (18 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, but it can be knit all in the same color as well.

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 knitters, nicemrsharris and biloulou, 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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