Inspired by the historic railroad bridge in the place where I was raised, the Five Arch shawl features flowing, arch-shaped cables paired with soothing garter stitch. The harmony between these textures shows up best with a smoothly spun fingering-weight yarn in either a solid or mostly solid colorway.
The triangular shawl is worked flat from one corner upwards in one piece. Each section of the shawl is written out and charted. To make a larger shawl, simply work more 12-row repeats as established (i.e., work more repeats of Rows 25-36 in the Cable Panel and Body chart) until the shawl is your desired length and then adjust the stitch count for the ribbed border accordingly.
Please note the following:
- the finished measurements will vary depending on the extent/strength of the blocking; and
- the exact gauge is not critical, but the finished measurements may depend on your yardage and/or gauge.
At least 62” [157.5 cm] wide along neck edge
At least 35½” [90.25 cm] deep
Fingering weight yarn at 550 yds [503 m] per approx. 113g [3.99 oz]: 1,200 yards [1,100 m]
- Shown in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk Light (100% wool; 550 yds [503 m] per approx. 113 g [3.99 oz]): “Roasted Squash.”
US 5 (3.75 mm) 32” [80 cm] circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Three stitch markers; cable needle; yarn needle
23 sts / 36 rows = 4” [10 cm] in garter st, after blocking
18 sts / 12 rows = 21/8” [5.5 cm] wide and 11/3” [3.5 cm] high in Arch Cable patt, after blocking
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