I’m pleased to announce that I just released my a cozy new shawl for fall, The Sybil Ludington Shawl! It features a crescent shape with long wings, perfect to wrap around you., and uses just under two 100 gram skeins of fingering weight yarn. Each row of the shawl is worked across different sections: mesh, a cable panel, lace, another cable panel and then mesh again. I’m sure you’ll enjoy curling up to knit, and wear, this shawl.
You can buy it and read more about it on Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member!). Click here!
The stitch patterns for the cable and the lace are provided in a chart, as well as written out, and percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your shawl. The pattern has been test knitted and tech edited.
Who is Sybil Ludington? While Paul Revere is most commonly credited with riding to alert militia of approaching British forces, so did the young Sybil Ludington. Her father headed the local militia during the American Revolution. On April 26, 1777, at the age of 16, she left on a forty mile ride to warn her father’s militiamen that British troops were planning to attack Danbury, Connecticut. Her ride lasted from 9 p.m. to dawn the next morning and one of her stops was to warn the people of Danbury. While the British troops destroyed several buildings and homes in Danbury, there were few people killed, due in large part to Sybil’s warning.
- Approximately 720 yards fingering weight yarn. Shown in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 (70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere and 10% nylon, 400 yards, 3.53oz) in the colorway Black Cherry. Other suggested yarns include Cascade Heritage Silk, Dream in Color Smooshy, or Plucky Primo Fingering.
- Size US 4 (3.5mm) circular needle in a length of 32″/81 cm, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Other Materials
- 4 stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
- Cable needle
- Blocking pins
- Optional: additional stitch markers for marking lace repeats
- Finished Measurements
- After Blocking
- 35.5″ wide
- 38.5″ height (or depth)
- After Blocking
The shawl is blocked aggressively width-wise. Meeting exact gauge is not crucial but may affect the final dimensions.