A colorful rectangle - small shawl/large scarf. The pattern is inspired by Kurdish textiles and by abstract painting - some motifs recur through the pattern.
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 approx. 525m/575yds,
CC approx. 425m/470yds
Dimensions: approx. 160cm/63in by 50cm/20in
Gauge: approx. 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.