The six knitting projects in this collection are based on the enchanting medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Five stunning crescent-shaped shawls represent the five knightly virtues symbolized on Gawain's shield, with an additional sixth project based upon the magical belt that replaces Gawain's shield later in the story. Included along with the patterns is a summary of the text as well as a discussion of the role of Gawain's shield and the Green Girdle in both the story itself as well as in the patterns.

Gawain's Shield Cover

Pattern Details

Generosity from Gawain's Shield


Generosity covers more than just giving money, and in many ways it can be thought of as giving a helping hand. The lace border resembles fingers, providing that helping hand […]

Fellowship from Gawain's Shield


Because fellowship refers to how knights interact with one another, I chose this yarn for the name: Lancelot is a knight whose fellowship is well-known. Also, the worsted weight yarn […]

Chastity from Gawain's Shield


Although chastity did not mean knights could not have sex at all, Galahad was the embodiment of chastity and was one of the only truly pure knights (and thus one […]

Courtesy from Gawain's Shield


Courtesy was the way knights treated other people, trying not to be offensive or do harm. Of all of these five virtues, it was perhaps the most important, which is […]

Piety from Gawain's Shield


Piety involves a knight’s religious ideals, and Avalon—although often seen as a pagan place—can also represent the religious Christianity of knighthood. Indeed, a small church once stood on Glastonbury Tor, […]

Green Girdle from Gawain's Shield

Green Girdle

Although we think of a girdle as something else today, the girdle described in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight would have been worn as a belt. This pattern uses […]

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Links to the Patterns on Ravelry

Green Girdle from Gawain's Shield
Piety from Gawain's Shield
Courtesy from Gawain's Shield
Chastity from Gawain's Shield
Fellowship from Gawain's Shield
Generosity from Gawain's Shield

What Knitters Are Saying About Gawain’s Shield

I love this pattern! Beautiful shawl! Starts out with a cast on of a lot of stitches, which means the closer you get to the end, the shorter the rows are.


about Chastity

So beautiful. So drapy, and it sits around the neck just right.


about Courtesy

Really a fun knit and am looking forward to only binding off a few stitches at the end of the knitted on border. Great starter pattern for both German Short Rows and the Knitted on Border techniques.


about Piety

A terrific little shawl to knit. I loved the knit on border and the fact I didn’t have to bind off 200+ stitches.


about Fellowship

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