A brightly colored shawl inspired by tiles and ceramics from the Persian Safavid Dynasty.


MC: ColorShift Yarn Gamboge (yellow) warm and cool gradations 100% Merino wool, 16 x 80yd/73m skeins

The sample requires approximately 1000yds/920m of MC.

CC shades are a selection (about 32) of Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift totaling approximately 815yds/750m:

4 quarter motifs require approximately 2.4yds/2.2m each, 30 half motifs approximately 4.33yds/3.9m each, and 88 full motifs require approximately 7.66yds/7m each.

For most of the CC shapes I spliced shorter lengths of yarn into mini gradations to create more shimmer; in the sample the CC shades are distributed quite randomly - they could be arranged more formally, in stripes, bands, diagonals, clusters, gradations, etc.


Needle size: 2.75mm/US2, Finished dimensions: approximately 71ins/180cm by 61ins/68cm

Gauge: approximately 23 stitches and 25 rows = 4in/10cm in stranded intarsia pattern


Techniques include back and forth stranding, intarsia, trapping and lace knitting on RS and WS rows, with 5 or 6 colors in each row.


The pdf includes charts, short written instructions and notes, and a phototutorial on splicing yarn ends.




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detail of Safavid tile panel, Iran

tile photo © Michel wal

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This pattern has been a long time in the making and unfortunately ColorShift Yarn is discontinued - see help page. Depending on preference, you could use a plain MC or put together a similar gradation or group of colors with a similar yarn. For example, you could use 8 - 10 of the Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift yellows for a similar effect. The gradation can be seen along the borders of the flat image above.