knit/lab/kurdish shawl

A colorful rectangle - small shawl/large scarf. The pattern is inspired by Kurdish textiles and by abstract painting - some motifs recur through the pattern.


This pattern was originally published in five instalments as a mystery knit-along pattern in November and December 2015. There is a thread for the KAL on Ravelry.


Level: (very) difficult - techniques include lace knitting, stranding, and intarsia with trapping, lots of colors and ends to weave in.


Knit on 3.25mm/US3 needles with 950m/1050yds of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, 100% wool

MC is approximately 525m/575yds, CC approximately 425m/470yds

Dimensions: approximately 160cm/63in by 50cm/20in

Gauge: approximately 21sts and 22 rows = 4in/10cm in stranding and intarsia patterns


Choose your MC shades and assemble a collection of contrasting and harmonizing odds and ends for CCs - it’s a good project for using up small quantities of leftover yarn.

The intarsia areas can be treated like paint daubs - splicing different shades together like hastily mixed paint, or combining shades of related colors, for example yellow, orange and red.

For some motifs I spliced together multiple lengths of related shades, sometimes including very short pieces.


The sample shawl has numerous little mistakes in the stranded motifs - I welcomed them!


Some details of the final pattern are slightly different from the version pictured.


The pdf contains lots of charts, short written instructions commenting on the charts, and a phototutorial for splicing yarn ends.


Kurdish Shawl is also available as part of the Five Colorwork Shawls eBook.




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