Isis Shawl by Anne Podlesak

Isis Shawl

December 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Lotus Blossom Chart, after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
750 - 775 yards (686 - 709 m)
One size: 72 1/2" (184 cm) bottom hem circumference x 19 1/2" (49.5 cm) back neck to hem.
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This Farose-shaped shawl is worked from the back neck down to the bottom hem. It features a center back panel with twisted stitches representing Hathor’s crown. The side panels are shaped with yarn-over increases and feature a “lotus blossom” motif. The shawl is finished with a knit-on edging. All the motifs are charted.

You will need approximately 750-775 yards of a fingering weight yarn. Choose a yarn that will work up without much of a halo, which would obscure the twisted stitch patterns, but still having some drape. Gauge is not critical for this project, but will affect the amount of yarn needed if worked at a different gauge than the pattern calls for.

Isis was worshipped in Ancient Egypt as the ideal mother figure, as well as the goddess of health, marriage and wisdom. She is often depicted in art wearing a crown, and was seen as the personification of the pharaoh’s throne. A powerful goddess in her time, she
is often seen in artwork holding a lotus, and was thought to be the force causing the yearly rains to flood the Nile, as a symbol of rebirth and plenty.

This pattern is part of the larger 8-piece Legendary Knits, volume 3, collection.