River Flow Shawl by Ksenia Naidyon

River Flow Shawl

January 2023
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
+ Fingering
= DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Broken Rib Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
2400 yards (2195 m)
One Size, details below
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An intricate and cozy River Flow Shawl was born with the thoughts of what we’re wishing to knit and wear during colder months. It’s generous size and fluffy mohair and soft merino yarns combine in the piece that would be a nice companion both for the walks outside and snuggling at home.

The textures of this design were inspired by the mesmerizing movement of water in river currents. The patterned panel running along one side of the piece is composed of traveling stitches, cables, and Japanese wrapped stitches, all flowing gently into each other and creating the effect of movement similar to the one seen on running rivers. The body of the shawl is worked in the broken twisted rib, resembling the play of light on the surface of constantly flowing water.

The shawl is worked from the bottom corner up, allowing the knitter to stop whenever they desire (or run out of yarn). It features a modified construction with elongated wings, providing more styling options than a classic triangle. Perfect for mindful knitting sessions, this design requires knitter’s engagement in most rows. The pattern contains both the charts and written row-by-row instructions.


  • Wingspan 114” / 290cm
  • Depth at the widest point 28” / 70cm


  • fingering weight yarn held together with lace weight mohair
  • 1200yds / 1100m of Tosh Merino Light from Madelinetosh (100% merino wool; 4oz / 113g, 420yds / 384m), 3 skeins, color Lagoon Deep
  • AND 1200yds / 1100m of Silk Cloud from Shibui Knits (60% kid mohair, 40% silk; 0,88oz / 25g, 330yds / 302m), 4 skeins, color Lagoon Light
  • Colors that are not too dark, don’t differ too much from each other and are not too variegated would work best to not distract from the stitch pattern

Needles and Gauge

  • 24 sts and 36 rows in 4” / 10cm in Broken Rib Stitch, unblocked
  • 21 sts and 36 rows in 4” / 10cm in Broken Rib Stitch, blocked
  • US 6 / 4mm needles (straight or on a long cable) or the size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle or a dpn of a matching size


  • The shawl is worked starting from the patterned corner. Increases shape the future modified triangle. They are made at different rate for each of three sections of the shawl.
  • The patterned panel features small cables, Japanese wrapped stitches, and traveling stitches which use a combination of increases and decreases.
  • The body of the shawl is worked in 2x2 broken twisted rib. This fabric doesn’t curl, has a similar density to the patterned panel, and has a polished look on the wrong side as well.
  • The work can be stopped at almost any moment - once the desired length is reached or the knitter runs out of yarn.
  • Optional tassels can be added for an extra touch of boho.