Arcadian Shawl

Arcadian Shawl modeled 1

I’m very happy to be able to release the Arcadian Shawl! This has been one of my favorite projects to date, helped in no small part by the beautiful yarn from A Verb for Keeping Warm. Seriously, if you can knit this in the suggested yarns, I highly recommend it, as it’s a rewarding experience. And what’s more, if you hurry, the Alpaca Silk is May’s Dyer Special from Verb! I think the natural dyes really make something special with this shawl.

Arcadian Shawl nasturtiums

Arcadia, before it was a city in Southern California, was a region in Ancient Greece. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Arcadia became a concept, an idealized fantasy of perfect unspoiled rusticity. In the imaginations of western Europeans, Arcadia remained pristine, utopic, populated by happy shepherds and beautiful shepherdesses. The Arcadian Shawl is so named for its own faux rusticity, in which gorgeous luxury yarns are transformed into a simple but beautiful wrap. The lace edging for the shawl requires very little yarn, making this a great project for using up leftovers.

Arcadian Shawl detail

Small: 55 inches wide, 18 inches long (shown in Small)
Medium: 63 inches wide, 20 inches long
Large: 78 inches wide, 25 inches long


  • 1 (1, 2) skeins A Verb for Keeping Warm Alpaca Silk Yarn 70% Alpaca, 30% Silk; 310 yds per 112g skein for MC – shown in Magic Bean
  • 1 (1, 1) skein A Verb for Keeping Warm Metamorphosis 70% Superwash Merino, 30% Silk; 385 yds per 115 g skein for CC – shown in Nugget
  • U.S. size 6 (4 mm) 24” (or longer) circular needle
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch markers

16 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette using Alpaca Silk

Tech edited by Lauren Cross

Buy it now for $6.50 US.

9 Responses to “Arcadian Shawl”

  1. kala Says:

    Beautiful shawl!

  2. Sarah Says:

    And naturally the Arcadians make me think of our friend Lloyd! It’s fabulous, of course — simple and effective. I bet it would look great in handspun.

  3. Jessica Says:

    That’s lovely. I like that the design has so much stockinette. I tend to be a slow and sporadic knitter, so it makes the project look less daunting, though it still has plenty of interesting details like the lace edge.

  4. Julie Says:

    beautiful!! I love the two colours. What a great new design!

  5. Rosemary Says:

    Beautiful shawl!

  6. Procrastiknitting | Natalie Servant Designs Says:

    […] and have you seen Kristen’s new Arcadian Shawl? Lovely. I’m a big fan of the purple & yellow prototype (Ravelry link). Purple is looking […]

  7. Holly Abery-Wetstone Says:

    Love, love the shawl, now I just have to decide which colors of my newly acquired Wollmeise I will use!

  8. New yarn base — Decadence | little red bicycle Says:

    […] through what felt like every shawl pattern available on Ravelry, I settled on the newly released Arcadian Shawl, designed by Kristen Cardozo (aka Knitting […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: