It’s no secret I love cables, and triangular shawls come in at a close second. The Easy Cranberry Shawl is a great project for the knit shawl novice.
This post contains affiliate links. Yarn for this sample was generously provided by Red Barn Yarn.
The pattern was originally published in Love of Knitting‘s Winter, 2013 issue. I used Red Barn Yarn Worsted for the sample.
If you haven’t been introduced to this yarn yet, it’s a striking hand dyed yarn. The beautiful subtleties of color aren’t visible in my photos, but trust me, this is some beautiful stuff to play with.
This pattern includes a lot of garter stitch, along with some plaited (braided cables) up the center spine.
This keeps things a little bit interesting without making it too difficult for a newbie shawl knitter (or a little mindless tv knitting). Although it is rated as intermediate, a patient (or adventurous) beginner can definitely tackle it.
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Easy Cranberry Shawl
Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter
This mostly garter stitch shawl features mirrored cables.
- Adult: 51” (129.5 cm) wingspan x 27” (68.5 cm) spine before blocking.
- Red Barn Yarn Worsted (85% wool/15% mohair, 4 oz/113 g, 190 yd/174 m) – 3 skeins in Precious Rubies, or approximately 570 yd (521 m) in any medium weight yarn.
- US Size 10.5/6.5 mm 36” (91 cm) knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- Cable needle.
- 2 stitch markers.
- 12 sts x 25 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- BO – bind off
- C4B – 4-stitch right leaning – Sl 2 sts to cable needle, hold at back, k2, k2 from cn.
- C4F – 4-stitch left leaning cable – Sl 2 sts to cable needle, hold at front, k2, k2 from cn.
- CO – cast on
- k – knit
- kfb – knit in front & back (increase)
- p – purl
- rep – repeat
- RS – right (front) side
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.
- Pattern is knit flat in rows. Circular needles are used because of project size.
- Slip stitch markers each row.
- If using hand dyed yarn, alternate skeins of yarn every 2 rows to blend colors more smoothly.
- CO 2 sts.
Set Up Rows
- Row 1: (RS) Kfb twice. (4 sts)
- Row 2: K across.
- Row 3: K1, yo, knit to last st, yo, k1. (Increase 2 sts)
- Row 4: Rep Row 2.
- Rows 5-12: Rep Rows 3 & 4, 4 times. (14 sts)
- Row 13: K1, place marker 1, yo, knit to last st, yo, place marker 2, k1. (16 sts)
- Row 14: Rep Row 2.
Begin cable pattern
- Row 1: (RS) K1, yo, k to marker 1, (k6, p2, k6) between markers, k to last st, yo, k1. (Increase 2 sts)
- Row 2: K to marker 1, (p6, k2, p6) between markers, k across.
- Row 3: K1, yo k to marker 1, (k2, C4F, p2, C4B, k2) between markers, k to last st, yo, k1. (Increase 2 sts)
- Row 4: Rep Row 2.
- Rows 5-6: Rep Rows 1 & 2 once.
- Row 7: K1, yo, k to marker 1, (C4B, k2, p2, k2, C4F) between markers, k to last st, yo, k1. (Increase 2 sts)
- Row 8: Rep Row 2.
- Rep Rows 1-8 until approximately shawl measures approximately 27” (68.5 cm) up the center, ending after Row 8.
- Row 9: Rep Row 1.
- BO in pattern for Row 2.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends on wrong side. Spray block if necessary. (If you’re new to blocking, read this article: Blocking Basics for Crocheters and Knitters.)