Margaree Harbour Shawl by Luise O'Neill

Margaree Harbour Shawl

January 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
660 - 690 yards (604 - 631 m)
Tip to Tip (straight across): 53” / 135 cm; Centre-back Depth: 20” / 51 cm
low vision format available
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The first pattern in the Celtic Shawl Series.

Margaree Harbour is nestled along the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia – one of the most beautiful trails in the world with absolutely spectacular ocean vistas. Along the trail’s length are many small historic fishing communities that still today depend on the sea for their livelihood and celebrate their Celtic culture. Imagine a fisher’s spouse in days gone by, standing on the rocks overlooking the ocean, wrapped in the warmth of a woollen shawl to keep out the cold winds as they watch for that first glimpse of the fishing boats returning to the safety of the harbour.

The Saxon Braid cable is one of the most beloved of cables ~ in this shawl its arms reach toward the stunning cable centrepiece.

Pattern Notes
The irregular rib upper edge creates a lovely crescent shape for this uniquely constructed shawl – knit from end-tip to end-tip. The centre bottom edge is flat – no pointy tips here! -- and the entire cable panel gently curves along the width of the shawl creating an elegant flow.

Below the cable panel you’ll find another of Annie Maloney’s delightful filler stitch patterns - “Better than Garter” - found in her The Knitter’s Guide to Stitch Design.

Knit flat side to side.

Special Techniques Used
Cables, make 5 from 1, decrease 5 to 1, cable decreases

A picture tutorial for the M5 increase to start the closed loop cables for this shawl has been uploaded to the Impeccable Knits website.

Yarn Note
Crescent shape of shawl benefits from being blocked, so be sure to choose a yarn that blocks well.

This pattern consists of 22 pages. The pattern is fully charted; row-by-row written directions are also provided.

Low Vision Accessibility (New Aug 17, 2020)
The LVA version of this pattern has been formatted using Arial 24 point font in all black text. It has no italics. All of the directions are fully written out. There are no charts included in this version. The LVA version of the pattern has been uploaded as a separate PDF and is 65 pages. Only two pictures are included on the cover showing the front and back of the shawl; ALT text is included for the pictures. There is a schematic with measurements on page 8; schematic numbers are included in the written text as well.

Celtic Shawl Series:
#1: Margaree Harbour (crescent shape)
#2: Lady of the Canyon (rectangular)
#3: On the Moor (faroese style)
#4: Ashokan (arc shaped)

Shawl pin from Michelle’s Assortment

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  • Last Update for this pattern on Ravelry:* Aug 17, 2020(v2.0) - update includes some cosmetic changes and a new Low Vision Accessibility option.
  • Last Update for this pattern on KnitPicks:* June 23, 2013 (v1.4KP) submitted

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