Bi'ita shawl by Fernando Razo
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Bi'ita shawl

Knitting
September 2013
Laceweight handspun
Lace ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
600 - 700 yards (549 - 640 m)
see notes.
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The Yaqui are indigenous people of the northern Mexican state of Sonora, They were farmers and skillful warriors who were very difficult to colonize. Even today, there are a lot of Yaqui people living by their own rules. I was born and raised in the state of Sonora and my grandfather descended from the Yaqui.
The word Bi’ita comes from the Yaqui language and means “To wrap”, and it expresses exactly how I visualized this project. It is a mixture of a shawl and a cape, an accessory light enough to be a shawl and big enough to wrap around the whole chest and back.

This squarish shawl is constructed knitting four panels with a shetland bead stitch, then the border is knit and added on the go around the living stitches. At the end a little collar is added to give it a little extra touch.

Additionally, instructions for a triangular version of the shawl were added, with pictures of one knit using laceweight yarn and another using cobweb yarn.

This pattern uses charts and diagrams.

FINISHED SIZE
original squarish shawl:
30.5 in / 77 cms wide at the base.
13 in / 33 cms tall, from neck to base.
made using 620yds / 567m Handspun lace (100% finn wool; 625yds / 571m per 50grs skein).

triangular version:
66in / 167 cms wide at the base.
30 in / 76 cms tall, from neck to base.
made using:
White: Handspun lace (80% punta wool / 10% tussah silk / 10% faux cashmere; 700yds / 640m per 50grs skein).
Red: Handspun cobweb (60% punta wool / 40% California red wool; aprox 600yds per 25 grs skein.)