Table Mountain by Sally Cameron

Table Mountain

October 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
875 yards (800 m)
one size
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This pattern has been tech edited by Sue Cameron and Martha McLellan and it has been test knitted

Table Mountain was recently added to the list of the 7 wonders of the natural world. I live on the west coast of Cape Town and every day as I drive my daughter to swimming, the mountain is there in front of us. Sometimes it is a clear day and you can see the iconic table shape, sometimes it has the table cloth of clouds spilling over the top and my children say the giants are setting their table for dinner and sometimes it is totally covered with clouds but you still know it is there.

My grandfather used to take me to climb the mountain as a child. My sister and I would visit Cape Town from Pretoria during our holidays and this was always one of the highlights of the trip. We would set off early in the morning and walk up, taking the cable car down in the afternoon. My grandfather imparted his wealth of knowledge about the plants and animals as he gently and patiently helped us up the mountain.

The beautiful King Protea, which was the inspiration for the colourway used in this shawl, grows on the mountain. The slipped stitch in the body not only makes using a variegated yarn possible for this pattern but also reminds me of the inside lines of the protea flower.


This is a large crescent shaped shawl, the body section doubles using Pi so you have a shawl that sits well on your shoulders and has plenty of fabric to wrap around you. The lace edge in a contrast colour makes for a dramatic finish to the shawl.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate
The body is made with simple slipped stitches. Adding the lace on perpendicular is a bit tricky but the lace pattern itself is not hard.

Skills Needed:
Garter tab cast on, slipped stitch, increase, decrease, simple lace, adding edge perpendicular to the shawl body.

4mm/US 6 circular needles at least 100cm/40“ long

Colour A:
Hartlam Franschhoek Sock 50% Superwash Merino/50% Silk (100g; 400m/438y) Colourway: King Protea
Weight: 4ply sock
Colour B:
Hartlam Franschhoek Sock 50% Superwash Merino/50% Silk (100g; 400m/438y) Colourway: Protea Leaf
Weight: 4ply sock

Finished Measurements
Wingspan: 132cm/52”
Depth from neck to bottom of shawl: 48cm/19”

Gauge is not crucial in this pattern, however it will affect the overall finished size of your shawl and yarn usage.
25 stitches and 37 rows over 10cm/4” blocked

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