Where the Buffalo Roam Shawl by Snickerdoodle Knits

Where the Buffalo Roam Shawl

November 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
791 - 1305 yards (723 - 1193 m)
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The Where the Buffalo Roam Shawl is one of five patterns in the “My Forever Home” Collection, a collection of DK weight patterns inspired my home state: Montana.

10% of pattern sale profits Nov 8 - Dec 8, 2020 will go to Montana Rescue Mission​ to help the homeless in Montana.

Main Features

  • fun and engaging knit using a large cable motif and optional fringe

  • the cables (representing wheat) and garter (representing the endless plains) depict the prairies of Montana

  • includes instructions for 3 alternate versions plus instructions to create your own customized shawl (and information to know how much yarn you’ll use) using repeats within the pattern

  • designed using 2 colors, but one alternate version uses 3 colors

  • triangular shawl worked flat using DK weight yarn

  • includes linked video tutorials for the techniques used within the pattern

  • includes written and charted instructions that have been test knit and professionally tech edited

  • includes a blog post with alternate yarn and color recommendations

A fun and repetitive knit, the Where the Buffalo Roam Shawl pattern is a large, cozy DK weight shawl perfect for fall and winter. The pattern includes three alternate design options for variety in size and color combinations.

The pattern was inspired by the plains of Montana -- where the buffalo roam. It features a wheat cable motif representing the wheat fields often found in the plains and garter sections representing the endless plains that seemingly stretch on forever. The end result? A cable lover’s dream!

This pattern creates a triangle shawl that is worked top down. Learn more about the design inspiration, knitting experience, and wearing experience here.

This pattern includes both written and charted instructions, but the instructions are separated within the pattern PDF, so you can just print what you need. The pattern also includes instructions for three alternative design ideas, plus a blank diagram to create your own alternate design. I’ve even included yarn quantities for each repeat, so you’ll know just how much yarn you’ll need of each color!

Width: 60 in / 152 cm
Depth: 30 in / 76 cm

Note: Sizes vary for the alternate design options.

Original Design:
614 yds / 560 m; 224 grams DK weight yarn for Main Color
488 yds / 445 m; 178 grams DK weight yarn for Contrast Color
Optional 84 yds / 77 m; 31 grams DK weight yarn in Contrast Color for fringe

Designed using Explorer Knits & Fibers Rockies DK in Tawny and Aspens in Fall.

Alternate Design #1 (3-color version):
407 yds/371 m (149 g) Color 1
620 yds/565 m (226 g) Color 2
84 yds/77 m (31 g) Color 3
Optional 84 yds / 77 m Color 2 for fringe

Alternate Design #2 (larger version):
1063 yds/970 m (389 g) Color 1
242 yds/221 m (89 g) Color 2
Optional 84 yds / 77 m (31 g) Color 1 for fringe

Alternate Design #3 (smaller version):
284 yds/259 m (104 g) Color 1
507 yds/463 m (185 g) Color 2
Optional 84 yds / 77 m (31 g) Color 1 for fringe

Note: Alternate yarn amounts also include the additional 10% that designers add to yarn requirements to ensure you do not run out of yarn. So, 100 grams of Color 1 should be sufficient, but will be close, for Alternate Design #3.

This design was created as a collaboration with Explorer Knits & Fibers. If you have the means, I highly recommend checking out their amazing colorway options! Find color recommendations and alternate yarn suggestions here.

20 stitches, 22 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette stitch

5.0 mm (US size 8) – or size needed to obtain gauge – circular needles, 32” (80 cm) minimum length
Cable needle
Darning needle
5 Removable stitch markers

Knitting the Where the Buffalo Roam Shawl is a no-brainer if you love to cable. If you hate cabling, this shawl isn’t for you. Never tried cabling before? This is a great project to learn on -- and you’ll get lots of practice! Don’t let the aesthetic of cables trick you - when I tried cabling for the first time, I found they weren’t as difficult as I expected!

If you’re comfortable with knitting and purling, you are ready to knit this pattern. The new-to-you techniques will include cabling and two increase methods: KFB and YO. All of my patterns come with clear, step-by-step instructions and linked video technique tutorials that walk you through the pattern with confidence. I am also available for pattern support if you have questions.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of my test knitters and my tech editor for this pattern, Jekaterina Dmitrijeva.

Please do not copy, share, or distribute this pattern, as this pattern design is property of Snickerdoodle Knits. You are welcome to sell the knits that you make using this pattern, but I do ask that you provide credit to Snickerdoodle Knits for the pattern and that you link my pattern on Ravelry when you are selling online. Thank you so much for understanding and for your support!

I am happy to help with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the pattern. My contact information is included in the pattern.

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