Herbawi Shawl by Ann Weaver

Herbawi Shawl

March 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1350 yards (1234 m)
Approximately 42 inches (107cm) by 42 inches (107cm), blocked
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Half the profits from sales of the Herbawi Shawl will go to the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, for its efforts on behalf of Syrian refugees:


NOTE: Thereโ€™s a typo in the stitch count at the end of Square 5:
The stitch count will be 157 (NOT 175) after 17-rnd Plaid Pattern Chart 2
167 after next set of Rnds 1 and 2
173 after first set of Rnds 1 and 2 in Square 6
175 after seed stitch rounds
181 at end.
Also, work Square 6 in A, not in B.
Corrections are with layout, and an updated version will be send out to all purchasers soon!*

The Herbawi Shawl is inspired by keffiyeh shawls, worn across Central Asia. I built the color combination for the sample around the Neighborhood Fiber Co. Shami colorway, which was inspired by the work of the Syrian street artist after whom it is named. The result is a shawl inspired by Syrian style and Syrian art.

The shawl is named after the Herbawi Textile Factory, which is the last remaining keffiya factory in Palestine. When keffiyas became stylish around the world, companies in China and other low-wage countries made inexpensive, low-quality keffiyasโ€”the Herbawi factory couldnโ€™t compete. I have several cotton keffiyas from Herbawi that I wear all year; if youโ€™d like a cotton shawl to wear when your wool Herbawi Shawl is too warm, I encourage you to support the business that inspired me!

You can read more here:
You can purchase a keffiyeh directly from the Herbawi factory here: