Watershed by Thien-Kieu Lam


March 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
19.5 stitches and 28.5 rows = 4 inches
in knit flat, in stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
448 yards (410 m)
162.5 cm / 64” x 19 cm / 7.5”
low vision format available
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Watersheds inspired this gorgeous reversible shawl - its cables diverge and converge, like water flowing through a watershed, against a garter stitch background that represents the land. The gentle transition from one cable pattern into the next forms bookmarks the ends of the scarf for one of the most meditative knits we’ve ever published.

Note: The individual pattern PDF for Watershed is published in a different format from what appears in the magazine. Additionally, the Easy to Read digital version is available only when purchasing the entire issue.

Finished Measurements

  • Width: 19 cm / 7.5”
  • Length: 162.5 cm / 64”


The Fibre Co. Luma (50% wool, 25% cotton, 15% linen, 10% silk; 125 metres / 137 yards per 50 g)

410 metres / 450 yards

Sample shown is knit in colourway Sage.


3.75 mm / US 5 circular needle with a cable length of at least 60 cm / 24” (or needle size to obtain gauge)


19.5 sts x 28.5 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (knit flat, in stockinette stitch, after blocking)

23.5 sts x 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (knit flat, in Chart A, after blocking)

23.5 sts x 28 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (knit flat, in Chart B, after blocking)


  • Blocking tools (blocking mats, t-pins, blocking wires)
  • Cable needle
  • Darning needle
  • Tape measure


  • Photography, Hair & Make-up: Melinda Dela Costa
  • Model: Charifa Radji
  • Tech Editing: Marina Skua & Jessica Schwab (magazine) + Dawn Catanzaro (individual pattern pdf)
  • Graphic Design: Camille Romano

Watershed is one of the 12 modern, playful patterns featured in Issue 5 of Making Stories Magazine.

Accessibility: Issue 5 includes an Easy to Read digital pdf issue. It is written in all black text, 22 point Verdana sans serif font, no italics and with fully written directions. No charts are used for this version. It has also been specially formatted to be read clearly by screen readers and is fully screen reader accessible.

Issue 5 is available through our webshop in print and digital as well as in a subscription, through our Ravelry store as a digital version and our stockists.

About Making Stories Magazine

With Making Stories Magazine, we strive to feature companies and makers who focus on sustainability, transparency, fairness and equity in their work. We love telling their stories and hope to inspire and enable crafters to make conscious and informed decisions about the materials they use and the companies they support.