The Sybil Ludington Shawl is a crescent shaped shawl knit flat with sections of mesh and lace, as well as two cable panels. It uses two skeins of sock yarn to create a cozy shaped shawl that is perfect for chilly nights, The lace and cable patterns 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.
In addition to a background on the name of the pattern, details regarding gauge, yarn, needles and measurements are listed below, with several photos.
Background: 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
Other Pattern Information:
- Finished Measurements
- After Blocking
- 35.5″ wide
- 38.5″ height (or depth)
- After Blocking
- Gauge (4”/10cm) for Center Lace Pattern
- 19 stitches and 28 rows
The shawl is blocked aggressively. Meeting exact gauge is not crucial but may affect the final dimensions. Gauge is provided to assist with determining an appropriate needle size for you.