Jokulsarlon by The Queen of Purls


July 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1006 yards (920 m)
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This pattern has now been updated and the new PDF uploaded. For anyone working from the original print version please see the errata below.


  • Front page - last line of yarn quantities should read “Or approx 80m each of any 4ply yarn for CC1-CC7
  • Page 7, Jokulsarlon Written Insrtictions 1 - Row 2 shoud read “and all WS rows: Knit.” Ignore the (12 sts) this is wrong.
  • Page 8, Jokulsarlon Chart 2 rows 7, 8 and 9 and Page 9, Jokulsarlon Written Instructions 2 rows 7, 8 and 9. After the last ssk, k2tog, all rows above should read kfb, k1.


MC: 418m
CC1: 56m
CC2: 68m
CC3: 70m
CC4: 81m
CC5: 83m
CC6: 85M
CC7: 68M

Yarn: Jamieson’s of Shetland Spindrift 25g balls
MC: Dove 630 x 4
CC1: Violet 600 x 1
CC2: Splash 757 x 1
CC3: Lime 780 x 1
CC4: Mimosa 400 x 1
CC5: Pumpkin 470 x 1
CC6: Scarlet 500 x 1
CC7: Aqua 929 x 1

You can use any 4ply yarn, but I’d suggest something along the lines of Jamieson’s (alternatives above). The colour range is spectacular and the chevrons will keep a nice crisp shape. I only had a couple of of meters left from my MC so if you are in anyway worried about running out of yarn or not getting gauge then buy an extra ball!

Jokulsarlon is an easy and versatile asymmetrical shawl which makes use of chevrons to show off a striped rainbow: chevrons show off stripes of colour so nicely! The change between garter and stockinette makes for interesting texure and changes the knitting up to keep things interesting.

The pattern is very intuative and easy to remember so would make a great travel knitting project. It’s also great for using up odd ends of yarn - sock yarn and colourwork leftovers would be perfect!

If bright and bold rainbows aren’t your thing you could try some gorgeous gradient yarn, make up your own gradient from the stunning selection of colours Jamieson’s of Shetland spin, or make up a rainbow of your own choosing and wrap yourself in lovely colours that make you happy!