Jane Jacobs by Kirsten Kapur

Jane Jacobs

January 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
One Size
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Errata added 5/31/20: on page 27 of I Knit New York and on page 4 of Jane Jacobs 2.0, in the bottom left column, under “Squares Pattern Notes”, the third bullet should read:

For sections 2–5 Color 1 = Color B and Color 2 = Color A.
For sections 6-7 Color 1 = Color A and Color 2 = Color C.
For section 8 Color 1 = Color C and Color 2 = Color B.

This correction has been made in version 3.0 of the pattern.

This asymmetrical mosaic shawl is named for Jane Jacobs, a community activist who led the charge to protect Washington Square Park from Robert Moses’s “urban renewal” project. Under his plan 5th Avenue would have been extended through the park, destroying the beloved space we know today.

Jane Jacobs begins with only a few stitches and increases in width to form its easy-to-wear shape. Although this is a shawl, it is important to obtain gauge in order to avoid running out of yarn. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain gauge. The gauge given in the pattern is a blocked gauge. This shawl is worked flat, however a circular needle is used to hold the large number of stitches. If desired, straight needles may be used to start.

One Size

Finished Measurements
Width across top edge: 70 inches/178 cm
Depth from top edge to point: 28 ½ inches/72 cm

Backyard FIberworks Prairie (100% superwash merino; 400 yds/366 m per 3.5 oz/100 g skein)

  • Color A: Rainwater; 1 skein
  • Color B: Pollen; 1 skein
  • Color C: Deep Creek; 1 skein

US6/4mm 32-inch/81-cm circular needle (or size needed to achieve gauge)
Tapestry needle, stitch markers

17 sts x 34 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Garter Stitch, after blocking

I Knit New York
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The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. The Empire City. I Knit New York contains ten knitting patterns inspired by the history and geography of the Capital of the World. We asked five of our favorite New Yorkers to design patterns and share their favorite New York secrets from subway to skyscraper.

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Designers include Brittney Bailey (b.woolens/Purl Soho), Kathleen Dames (kathleen dames knitwear design), Kirsten Kapur (Through the Loops), Xandy Peters (creator of Fox Paws and other stacked stitches), and Lars Rains (Modern Lopi), plus an essay from Kay Gardiner (the Northern half of Mason-Dixon Knitting), a #buttonhunt in the Garment District with Kathleen Dames (host of The Sweater with Kathleen Dames podcast), and a multiborough yarn crawl with Lisa Chamoff (founder of Indie Untangled).

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