Asana Shawl by Helen Stewart
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Asana Shawl

July 2016
Lace ?
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
Medium, Large

Asana is the third pattern in The Shawl Society.

A gentle crescent shawl with flowing lace and garter sections, Asana is a lovely special occasion shawl, whether you’re preparing for one magical day or making an ordinary day magical through a bit of mindfulness. Optional beads add a flicker of light to its soft textures and quiet curves. Designed for lace or fingering weight yarn, it is delicate and light enough to wear even in the warmer months.

In yoga, Asana means “a position that is firm, but relaxed.” This attitude should be familiar to anyone who has ever learned to knit, or tried a new technique just outside of your comfort zone. Gritting your teeth and clenching your hands around your needles never helps. This shawl is a higher level of difficulty than the previous Shawl Society patterns: the lace is a bit more challenging and there are four rows where you are knitting lace rows on the wrong side. The actual stitches aren’t difficult, but you need to be in meditation mode (not multitasking mode!).

Concentration, relaxation and focus will get you through to the graceful result you want.


Huge apologies to my bead knitters. I’ve been alerted to the fact that the pattern doesn’t include the instructions to place beads in the final row of the shawl - but I had put the beads in my sample.

If you have already finished - don’t worry - it won’t make a big difference.

But if you are beading and haven’t finished yet - you can add beads to the final row as follows:

Med row 144 and Lge row 164 :

RS K3, KYOK, k15, PB, yo, k3, S2KP, k3, yo, PB, yo, k3, S2KP repeat to last 23 sts, k3, yo, PB, k15, KYOK, k3

Apologies again. I will be sending the updated file in the next day or two.

Approximately 183cm (72”) diameter across straight top edge
46cm (18”) neck to bottom edge
Approximately 213cm (84”) diameter across straight top edge
46cm (18”) neck to bottom edge

The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock 80% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool, 20% Nylon, 365m/400yds per 100g skein, 2 x 100g skeins, Colourway: Smudge
200g of fingering or sock weight yarn totaling approximately 730m/800yds
Eden Cottage Yarn Theseus
Lace 75% Merino wool, 25% Silk, 800m/872yds per 100g skein, 1 x 100g skein, Colourway: Oak
80g of lace weight yarn totally approximately 640m/698yds

4mm (US 6), 80/100cm (32/40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)
3.75mm (US 5), 80/100cm (32/40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)

Tapestry needle
Removable marker or safety pin

If using beads (optional)
US Steel Size 12/1.0mm Crochet hook (or hook small enough to fit through holes in beads)
Approx. 375 beads / 30g size 6 seed beads (beads used in sample are Miyuki beads)
Approx. 440 beads / 35g size 6 seed beads

19 sts/32 rows = 10cm (4”) in garter stitch after blocking
22 sts/38 rows = 10cm (4”) in garter stitch after blocking