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 why the Camelot yarn base, the seat of Arthur’s court, was chosen for this shawl. The spiral-like design on the border is also reflective of the knot Gawain gets himself into by trying so hard not to be discourteous to Lady Bertilak that he ultimately breaks his word to his host.

Round Table Yarns Camelot (80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 435 yds/398 m per 100 g skein); 1 skein each in two colors; sample uses colorways Tintagel (body) and Yvain (border)
or 435 yds (398 m) each of another fingering weight yarn in two colors
Note: The yarn used for this pattern is a 4-ply fingering weight that works to 26 sts in four inches of stockinette on a US size 5 (3.75 mm) needle.

US 5 (3.75 mm) 32″ (80 cm) or longer circular needle, or size to obtain gauge

21 sts and 46 rows over 4″ (10 cm) of garter stitch, blocked

Finished Measurements
66″ (167.5 cm) long and 7″ (18 cm) wide