Kinbaine Shawl – by Fay Dashper-Hughes


Kinbaine is a top-down crocheted shawl, getting narrower as you go. It’s an easy pattern that uses one simple stitch for the main body, with a series of colour changes in sections. Each colour section is topped and tailed with a series of stitches to mimic the infamous coloured rooftops along the seafront town of Whitehead, Northern Ireland. Whitehead was formerly known as Kinbaine, or an Cionn Bán – ‘the white head’ in Irish.


John Arbon Textiles Exmoor Sock, 4-ply (60% Exmoor Blueface, 20% Corriedale, 10% Zwartbles and 10% Nylon; 200 metres per 50g)

Yarn A: Whortleberries; 3 skeins
Yarn B: Aggy; 1 skein
Yarn C: Bell Heather; 1 skein

Blocked Dimensions

Depth of 41cm, width at top edge of 192cm

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3.5mm hook (US E/4 hook) for main body of the shawl
4mm (US G/6 hook) for starting chain


15 stitches x 14 rows = 10 cm / 4″ over main pattern