Inspired by the beautiful, scenic area around the conservation village Scarborough/ Cape Town (South Africa), this shawl offers the opportunity to play with two different yarns and stitches.

This is a different direction to knit a shawl, but you will end up with a unique and beautiful shawl!
With this construction you cast on only a few stitches and bind off only one stitch. The surfaces of the shawl are covered with brioche, garter stitch and a lace pattern.

I use a variegated Kidsilk yarn with a solid merino yarn.

Scarborough is a collaboration with Cowgirlblues.

9.00 CHF

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Cowgirlblues Merino Twist (100% Superwash Merino; 150 m / 164 yards per 50 g)
• 2 balls in Indigo (yarn A, YA)
93 g / 279 m / 305 yards used for the sample

Cowgirlblues Kidsilk (70% mohair, 30% silk; 410 m / 448 yards per 50 g)
• 1 skein in Shorebreak (yarn B, YB)
34 g / 279 m / 305 yards used for the sample

Cape Carnival is a collaboration with Cowgirlblues.

The yarn is available through Neustadtgass13.


  • 3.5 mm / US # 4 circular needle, or size to obtain gauge, at least 80 cm / 32” in length

24 sts x 36 rows = 10 cm / 4” in stocking stitch using YA, after blocking


  • tapestry needle
  • 1 stitch marker
  • smooth waste yarn (around 100 cm / 39.25” long, ideally cotton)


Yarn choice
If you don’t like to work with Kidsilk, you can also substitute it with a fingering weight yarn. Be aware that you need more yarn if you substitute YB with a fingering weight (around 100 g / 400 m / 438 yards).

Yarn colours
The higher the value (light – dark) between the colours the better.
I used a variegated with a semi-solid yarn. You can also use two semi-solids. I would not recommend using two variegated yarns.

knit and purl, increases and decreases, special techniques will be explained

The pattern comes in written instructions.
The pattern is not suitable for beginners.

one size


A – depth: 45 cm / 17.75”
B – side length: 138 cm / 54.25”
C – span length: 195 cm / 76.75”

Scarborugh shawl schematic

James Bartley

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