City Block Shawl

Cushy garter stitch and your favorite colors come together in a simple but interesting knit. Don’t worry – no intarsia! Just simple decreases and picking up stitches from slipped stitch edges – easy!

Instructions are included for a miniature version so you can practice your techniques, check your gauge, and "audition" your colors.

Sizes: small (129.5 cm across and 63.5 cm deep) and large (178 cm across and 84 cm deep)

Gauge: 22 stitches and 44 rows to 10 cm in unblocked garter stitch

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for simple log-cabin style shawl
  • Schematic, coloring page, and instructions for mini sample version included
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Seven colors of fingering weight yarn: three lights (L1, L2, L3), three mediums (M1, M2, M3), and one dark (D). For the small size, you will need 95 m of L1, 45 m of L2, 75 m of L3, 80 m of M1, 75 m of M2, 150 m of M3, and 180 m of D for a total of 700 m. For the large size, you will need 200 m of L1, 80 m of L2, 155 m of L3, 160 m of M1, 165 m of M2, 285 m of M3, and 265 m of D for a total of 1310 m. Samples were knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, a single ply superwash merino
  • 3.75 mm/US 5 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. It will be helpful to have several different cable lengths available
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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