I’m pleased to announce that I just released my cozy new shawl for fall, The Cathay Williams 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 texture section 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!
You can adjust the size of the shawl (the length/depth) for the amount of yarn you have on hand. The pattern has been tech edited.
Who is Cathay Williams? In a time when U.S. Army regulations forbade the enlistment of women, Cathay Williams enlisted under the name William Cathay on November 15, 1866. She told the recruiting officer that she was a 22-year-old cook. An Army Surgeon examined her and determined she was fit for duty. Cathay Williams then became the first documented black woman to enlist in the Army. She was assigned to the 38th U.S. Infantry and traveled throughout the West with her unit. She was discharged in October 1868 when an Army surgeon found out she was a woman. She is the only known female Buffalo Solider.
- Approximately 825 yards fingering weight yarn. Shown in Fresh From the Cauldron Schoodic Sock (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon, 460 yards, 3.53oz) in the colorway Poe’s Absinthe Induced Dream. Other suggested yarns include Destination Yarns Postcard, Cascade Heritage Paints or Knitted Wit Victory Sock.
- Size US 4 (3.5mm) circular needle in a length of 32″ or 40″, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Other Materials
- 2 stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
- Blocking pins
- Finished Measurements
- After Blocking
- 32″ wide
- 44″ height (or depth)
- After Blocking
The shawl is blocked aggressively width-wise. Meeting exact gauge is not crucial but may affect the final dimensions.