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Soft River

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Soft River is a lightweight, reversible shawl that is as soothing to knit as it is to wear. Made with calming stockinette and simple garter stitch cables, this is a lovely spring accessory. Knit the shawl in a lightweight yarn and luxurious fiber composition for the perfect drape.

Soft River can be worn either with the stockinette or the reverse stockinette side showing; the garter stitch cables look the same either way. The pattern comes in two sizes along with easy-to-follow instructions for adjusting the size of the shawl as needed. The smaller size will make the perfect accessory shawl for warmer months. The larger size will keep you wrapped in warmth throughout the year.

This pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Only written instructions are provided for the cable pattern.

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  • Small [Large]
  • Wingspan: approx. 170 [210] cm / 5’7” [6’11”]
  • Depth: approx. 45 [65] cm / 17¾ [25½]”



  • The Fibre Co. Meadow (40% merino wool, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen, 498 m/100 g), 1 [2] skeins.
  • Or light fingering weight yarn, approx. 530 [880] m / 580 [960] yd
The sample shawl, shown in the Small size, was knitted with one skein of Meadow in the colorway Bluebonnet. To be on the safe side, be sure to reserve some extra yardage.


  • 3.0 mm / US #2½ long circular needle (80–100 cm / 32–40”) or size needed to obtain gauge


  • 1 stitch marker
  • Cable needle
  • Darning needle


21 sts × 35 rows = 10 cm / 4” in stockinette, blocked


The pattern uses the following techniques: stockinette, garter stitch, cables, slipped stitches, and knitted-on border. Instructions for the cable pattern are provided only in written format.

Yarn support for this design was generously provided by The Fibre Co.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (4MB)
  • PDF (4MB)

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