Margaree Harbour Shawl (PDF Knitting Pattern
Margaree Harbour is nestled along the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia – one of the most beautiful trails in the world with absolutely spectacular ocean vistas. Along the trail’s length are many small historic fishing communities that still today depend on the sea for their livelihood and celebrate their Celtic culture. Imagine a fisherman’s wife in days gone by, standing on the rocks overlooking the ocean, wrapped in the warmth of a woollen shawl to keep out the cold winds as she watches for that first glimpse of the fishing boats returning to the safety of the harbour.
The Saxon Braid cable is one of the most beloved of cables ~ in this shawl its arms reach toward the stunning cable centrepiece. The irregular rib upper edge creates a lovely crescent shape for this uniquely constructed shawl – knit from end-tip to end-tip. The centre bottom edge is flat – no pointy tips here! -- and the entire cable panel gently curves along the width of the shawl creating an elegant flow. The crescent shape of the shawl benefits from being blocked, so be sure to choose a yarn that blocks well.
The pattern contains charts as well as row-by-row written directions.
Below the cable panel you’ll find another of Annie Maloney’s delightful filler stitch patterns - “Better than Garter” - found in her The Knitter’s Guide to Stitch Design.
Knit flat side to side.
Special Techniques Used
Cables, make 5 from 1, decrease 5 to 1, cable decreases
A picture tutorial and video for the M5 increase to start the closed loop cables for this shawl have been uploaded to the Impeccable Knits website.
Tip to Tip (straight across): 53” / 135 cm
Centre-back Depth: 20” / 51 cm
660 - 690yds / 604 - 631m worsted weight yarn
20 ses and 26 rows = 4" / 10cm in Stockinette stitch
4.0mm / US 6
Cable needle, yarn needle
Celtic Shawl Series:
#1: Margaree Harbour (crescent shape)
#2: Lady of the Canyon (rectangular)
#3: On the Moor (faroese style)
#4: Ashokan (arc shaped)
This pattern consists of 25 pages.
Aug 17, 2020: This pattern has been updated today with an LVA (Low Vision Accessibility) supplemental file. This is in addition to the original pattern file. The LVA version of this pattern has been formatted using Arial 24 point font in all black text. It has no italics. All of the directions are fully written out. There are no charts included in this version. The LVA version of the pattern is 65 pages. Only two pictures are included on the cover showing the front and back of the shawl; ALT text is included for the pictures. There is a schematic with measurements on page 8; schematic numbers are included in the written text as well.
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