Liberty Ferry Shawl – by Gretha Mensen


‘Liberty Ferry’ is a design rich in both graphic impact and symbolic meaning. Sweeping diagonal lines cascade down to an elegant braided cable, creating a rhythmic, classic pattern that is perfect for either solid or tonally dyed yarns. The shawl has a deeper significance as well: it is a memento of a visit to New York’s cherished icon, Lady Liberty, and it suggests how people from different lands, each following his or her own path, can be brought together by knitting, as their lives intertwine in a harmonious and rewarding shared experience.

Liberty Ferry has an asymmetrical shape with a built-in I-cord edge and is worked flat from the right tip to the left edge. The cable section runs through the entire shawl. The pattern is fully written out with stitch counts and is also charted.


John Arbon Exmoor Zwartbles (DK; 60% Zwartbles / 40% Exmoor Blueface, 250m per 100g).
Shown in: Mid; 3 skeins

Blocked Dimensions

Approx. 84.6” (215 cm) wingspan along top edge x 25.6“ (65 cm) width.

Want it longer, keep going. Want it shorter, stop earlier. Remember to stop after a full repeat of Chart B before starting the border.


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24" (60 cm) circular or straight needles. US 7 (4.50mm) for last row and BO to avoid flaring. US 8 (5.00 mm) for body.


One cable pattern repeat (16 stitches x 8 rows), blocked =2.26" x 1” (5.75 x 2.50 cm).
Garter slip stitch pattern (17 stitches x 34 rows), blocked = 4” x 4” (10 x 10 cm).

Note - It's highly recommended to do a gauge swatch of the garter/slip stitch pattern to ensure that your needle size gives you enough drape in the fabric. As your shawl grows, this is a critical attribute to consider.

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