Greenbrier shawl / cowl
When I set out to design a unisex, all-ages neckwear “accessory,” the first thing that came to mind was cables. But when facing the prospect of knitting them into a boring scarf shape, I was less enthusiastic—and so, an asymmetrical shawl was born! Worked from one point outward, the Greenbrier shawl features a repeating cable motif, trimmed with a modified garter stitch pattern along the opposite side, and finished with a fun picot bind-off.
Shawls don’t work as well for people on the move, especially little ones—they’re liable to fall off and get lost. So I’ve included a stay-put cowl version as well. The Greenbrier cowl features the same cable motif, and is worked flat and seamed so the cables wind horizontally around the neck and you can easily work it to the exact circumerence you want.
NOTE: Cables are charted only.
This pattern is part of the Juntos: Knits for Togetherness collection
Shawl: One size, approximately 42”/106.5 cm wide and 26”/66 cm deep; size can easily be adjusted by working additional chart repeats
Cowl: Toddler (Child, Teen, Adult, Infinity); approx. 16 (20, 22, 24, 48)”/40.5 (51, 56, 61, 122) cm around and 12”/30.5 cm deep
Gauge: 27 sts and 34 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Shawl Chart B repeat or Cowl Chart on larger needle, washed and blocked
Exact gauge is not essential, but any differences in gauge will impact the finished dimensions of the project, its drape, and the amount of yarn used.
Shawl: Backyard Fiberworks American Wool – Cormo 2016, 100% wool, 538 yd/3.5 oz (492 m/100 g): 1 skein in Plume.
Cowl: Pichinku Yarn Tawa, 70% merino wool, 30% silk, 436 yd/3.5 oz (399 m/100 g): 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skein(s) in Golden Chicha.
US 5/3.75 mm 24”/60 cm+ circular needle, or size to obtain gauge
US 4/3.5 mm 24”/60 cm+ circular needle, or one size smaller than needle used for gauge
US 5/3.75 mm 16”/40 cm+ circular needle, or size to obtain gauge
US 3/3.25 mm 16”/40 cm+ circular needle, or two sizes smaller than needle used for gauge
Note: even if you usually cable without a cable needle, you may want to have one to work the large 6/6 LC.