Glace Bay

I could only be somewhat sure she was real—the lady at the bayside, her feet hanging from the wharf to the frigid north Atlantic water.

The pattern of her shawl dipped and cut across itself like a cold-sea current laid close to her shoulders. Or maybe it cut to and fro like cracks in ice that spread and warm as often as they close.

I could almost hear it skipping from the wharf to the water, singing.

The center portion of this long, shallow shawl is knit from the top down using the Jacquard stitch from Barbara Walker’s second treasury of knitting patterns. It is a simple combination of stockinette and slipped stitches.

The ribbed ruffle is knit on after picking up stitches around the sides.

Skills required: long-tail cast-on, decreasing, picking up stitches, increasing

Note: Unfortunately, there’s really not an easy way to change the size, as the pattern stitch repeat requires multiples of 12 but the row repeat requires multiples of 14 to get the center diamond to end at the correct spot.

Finished measurements: approximately 152.5 cm across and 38 cm deep

Gauge: 20 stitches to 10 cm in blocked Jacquard stitch. See swatching instructions in pattern

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 shallow scarf/shawl in graphic slip-stitch texture
  • Charted stitch pattern included
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 515 m of worsted weight yarn. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted (merino/silk/cashmere)
  • 4.5 mm/US 7 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will want a long cable when knitting the ribbed ruffle
  • Needles one or two sizes larger than gauge needles for binding off
  • Stitch markers
  • 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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