Little Barley Shawl


In the late 1800’s, this area was known for producing superior barley and this period of prosperity is referred to as the Barley Days. The crop was required for livestock feed, flour and it makes the best beer!

My homestead was a lively spot during the Barley Days. Our place was the site of the general store, but the community also boasted a bustling port and even a whorehouse!

This charming shawl looks best when made with three solid colours that blend together as the shawl grows.

This shawl is constructed from the tip to the wide end with a sport weight wool (but it can be worked in a lace-DK weight). A picot edge is worked as part of the rows along one side and a picot bind off completes the design.

Skill Level:

Skills: knit, purl, simple lacework, cable cast on (for picots)

Sizes: one size

Finished Measurements:
approx 127 cm long measured along the straight edge and 101 cm wide at the bottom lying flat after blocking

Gauge: not crucial

approx 24 sts = 10 cm in St st on 3.5 mm as given on ball band

approx 16 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm in net stitch on 4 mm after blocking

Yarn: sport weight wool

Suggested Brand:
3 skeins Quince & Co Chickadee
100% Wool
166 m per 50 g
shown in colours Goldfinch, Carrie’s Yellow and Honey

4 mm 80 cm circs
or size needed to obtain gauge

Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook; 2 stitch markers