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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!