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Ashokan Shawl

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Ashokan Shawl
Ashokan Shawl
Ashokan Shawl
Ashokan Shawl
Ashokan Shawl
Ashokan Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, increase, decrease, cable

Pattern Description:

The Story
Jay Unger's beautiful lament Ashokan Farewell inspired this shawl ~ a loving knit to wrap oneself in for comfort. The leaves of the Catskill forests, the intertwining bonds of friendship and the coming together and moving apart that are an integral part of our lives are all reflected in this cable and lace creation.

In 1982 Jay Unger composed Ashokan Farewell to express his deep sense of loss at the closing of his Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camp held in the Catskill Mountains of NY. As friends once again parted and followed their life's path, he embodied his loss in this hauntingly beautiful lament. This sense of loss can be equally applied to the residents of Ashokan whose village was relocated from this beautiful valley to facilitate the building of a reservoir to serve New York City in the early 1900s.

Ashokan, the fourth design in the Celtic Shawl Series, is a gently arc-shaped shawl incorporating lace and cable stitches.

Decreases in the initial rows form the bottom edge into 12 points.

The top edge of the shawl is finished using an I-cord bind off which provides a lovely finish with a firm edge.

This pattern consists of 12 pages. Shawl is fully charted; row-by-row written directions are also included.


Two gauges are provided to help choose substitute yarns and evaluate the drape of the knitted fabric once blocked.

22 sts / 28 rows = 4" / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch (washed and laid to dry)
20 sts / 26 rows = 4" / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch (washed, stretched, pinned and air dried)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Top Edge: 55" / 140 cm; Bottom Edge: 83" / 211 cm; Depth: 19 1/2 - 21 1/2" / 50 - 55 cm


  • Green sample: 952 yds / 871 m Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (136 yds / 125 m per 1 3/4 oz / 50 g ball; 100% superwash merino wool) in Granny Smith 850
  • Coral-coloured sample: 1096 yds / 1002 m Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport (137 yds / 125 m per 1 3/4 oz / 50 g ball; 100% Peruvian Highland Wool) in Mai Tai Heather

You Will Also Need:

  • Cable needle; Yarn needle (to weave in ends)

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An adult educator by training, technical author and lifelong knitter, crocheter and seamstress, I have had the good fortune to be able to indulge my love of all things fibre by being a full-time ...

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