Level by Nancy Whitman


June 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
680 - 1120 yards (622 - 1024 m)
Small (Large) Shawl: 48½ (63)” [123 (160) cm] wide by 17¼ (22)” [43.5 (56) cm] deep
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Wrap up in a light and cozy triangular shawl with bold, effective color play. Level uses the intarsia technique to establish overlapping partial stripes and color blocking. Only two colors interact at once, so this pattern is a good way to gain confidence at the technique. German short rows alter the geometry of the lower edge to create new triangles. Choose the small size to warm your shoulders or the larger dimensions if you want to bundle up. Both versions use three colors of Loft — a light, a bright, and a dark shade will produce a high contrast Level, while more closely related hues will yield a more nuanced effect.


This garter stitch shawl begins with the striped center triangle, worked from the bottom up. Stitches for the solid triangles are picked up and knit along the yarn over edges of the striped center triangle. The solid triangles are worked simultaneously, switching colors at the bottom point of the shawl using the Intarsia Method, and are shaped using Short Rows: German Method.


Fingering weight wool in the following approximate amounts for Small (Large) shawl:

380 (595) yards Color 1 (C1)
140 (250) yards Color 2 (C2)
160 (275) yards Color 3 (C3)


Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50 grams)
2 (3) skeins of Color 1 (C1)
1 skein each of Color 2 (C2) and Color 3 (C3)

Small shawl photographed in colors Fossil (C1), Cinnabar (C2), and Cast Iron (C3)
Large shawl photographed in colors Fossil (C1), Woodsmoke (C2), and Sweatshirt (C3)

Note: Larger sample used almost all of one skein of C3. You may wish to consider purchasing an extra skein for safety due to variations in individual work.


22 stitches & 48 rows = 4″ in garter stitch, after blocking


One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Finished Dimensions

Small (Large) Shawl
48½ (63)” / 123 (160) cm wide
17¼ (22)” / 43.5 (56) cm deep
Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern
Intarsia Method
Short Rows: German Method

Skill Level

4 out of 5