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West River Drive Shawl

The West River Drive runs beside the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia from Center City to the west. When the weather is good – and even when it’s not so good – the path along the river is filled with walkers, joggers, cyclists, couples, and families.

West River Drive Shawl

I thought of the Drive when Laura showed me her latest project. It’s a pretty triangular shawl knit with Shibui’s light and beautiful Linen yarn. It’s the perfect accessory for a beautiful fall day when you just need a little something to ward off fall’s first chill.

West River Drive Shawl

The shawl is worked from the top down and begins with a garter tab cast on (watch our video tutorial for help). From there, increases are made every other row as you work toward the outer edge.

West River Drive Shawl

Here’s the pattern so you can knit your own.


Kerchief (Shawl): 40(60) inches across top edge x 18(26) inches center top to point.

Shibui Linen: 1(2) skein(s) Color A; shown in Sidewalk; 1 skein each of Colors B, C, and D; shown in Poppy, Apple and Graphite.
24-inch circular needle, Size #6 or size needed to obtain gauge.

5.5 stitches per inch after blocking

k knit
p purl
pm place marker
sm slip marker
yo yarn over

Garter tab cast on
Cast on 3 sts with Color A.
Knit 6 rows.
Pick up 3 stitches along the left hand side of the tab – one for each garter ridge.
Pick up 3 stitches from the cast on edge. (9 sts)

Set-up Row 1: K3, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k3.
Set-up Row 2: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3. (slip all markers as you come to them.)

Row 1 (RS): K3, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k3.
Row 2: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3. (slip all markers as you come to them.)

Repeat rows 1 and 2 while working the striping sequence as follows.

1. K 14 rows with Color A.
2. Join color B and K 4 rows, loosely carrying Color A along the right hand side of work.
3. Cut color B and continue with Color A for 14 rows.

Repeat 1, 2, and 3 with colors C and D – 2 times each for kerchief and 3 times each for shawl.

Continuing with Color A, K 6 rows.

Cast off loosely. Weave in ends and enjoy!

31 thoughts on “West River Drive Shawl

  1. If you wanted to make this beautiful shawl in only 1 colour. It would just be stocking stitch throughout and increasing in knit side?
    And how big are the balls. Are they 50gms or 100gms? Thank you for sharing this shawl. Jodi

  2. Yes, if you want to make this in one color, just follow the pattern and ignore the color changes. Shibui Linen comes in 50 gram skeins.

  3. Love it, though of course West River Drive is no more – it was renamed for Martin Luther King Jr. in 2005 (20 years after East River Drive was renamed for John B. Kelly Jr. (Grace’s brother). Sometimes takes a while for these things to stick in Philadelphia, though, if Delaware Ave – er, Columbus Blvd – is any indication.

  4. I am a new knitter. I have wanted to do a shawl and now with your EXCELLENT video tutorial on the garter tab cast-on and THIS pattern, I’m thinking cast-on this weekend. THANK YOU!!!

  5. Yes, it’s always tricky when roads are renamed. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. You’re so welcome, Cheryl! Have fun and let us know if you run into any trouble.

  7. Thank you for this great pattern. Have wanted to try linen yarn. I hear it softens so beautifully.

  8. You’re welcome, Ellisen! I hope you enjoy it.

  9. Wow – the West River Drive…Since I used to live on City Line Avenue and commute to Center City that way, the name of the pattern sure takes me back a few years…Into my pattern stash it goes! And I love working with linen, too! Just may have to get me some.

  10. Another question about knitting this is one color…how much yarn would I need to purchase?

  11. Craig,
    Simple, yet stylish…I love it!
    Thanks for sharing. And special thanks for the garter tab cast on tutorial. As a visual learner, video tutorials are perfect for me to learn new techniques.

  12. I would purchase 2 skeins of Linen to be safe. You might be able to knit the small version with only 1 skein of Linen, but I’m not sure.

  13. Can you post the color options from the email earlier this week? I lost the email!

  14. Pat, you can see the color options by clicking here. We just ordered more Linen, so if you don’t see the color you’re looking for, it’s on its way!

  15. Is there an error in Row 2?

  16. Thanks, Craig. I just sent email asking to be notified when all the colors for the abyss, tar, sidewalk, ivory set are in stock.

  17. I don’t think there’s an error. Take another look and let us know if you need help!

  18. How many skeins of shibui linen would I need to make the kerchief size West River Drive pattern ? I have 2 skeins left from another project and would like to use them ?

  19. Two skeins will make the kerchief. You should be fine.

  20. thanks

  21. The Spud & Chloe kits look great! However, can I substitute one color in a kit?

    Thanks, Caroline

  22. Thanks, Caroline! Right now we’re only offering these four combinations. To create your own, you’ll need one skein of each of the colors you choose.

  23. I am so excited to knit this! I bought the kit last year but now with the tutorial I am ready to rock it. Love stripes.

  24. I have the printed version of this pattern and the rows are not the same as the online version.

    Which one is correct?

  25. Follow the online version, Natalie. Thanks for letting us know about the discrepancy!

  26. This shawl is just superlative!!! Thanks so much for sharing SMILE

  27. You’re so welcome, Helen!

  28. Beautiful shawl, may I work flat instead of with circular needles?

  29. It is knit flat, but with circular needles because it grows as you knit. If you don’t mind all the stitches on a straight needle, then yes, you can use them.

  30. Your pattern is just what I was looking for as I browsed this morning. Simple and striking Thanks so much for sharing with us . Hope your new year is filled with wondermous surprises and wealth in all forms SMILE Helen

  31. Thank you for the pattern AND the excellent video on the garter tab cast on. I have a pattern that calls for it and was so very confused 🙂 I love this pattern and will be making it soon.

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