Op Art Shawl by Sonja Bargielowska

Op Art Shawl

September 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in lace pattern stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
656 - 831 yards (600 - 760 m)
Wingspan: 208 cm / 82 inches
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The Op Art Shawl features a play on the traditional Old Shale Lace pattern, updated to create a shawl with a more modern construction and feel. The lace pattern distorts the stripes in a way that is reminiscent of the work of Bridget Riley, and so the name was born.

Wingspan: 208 cm / 82 inches

Depth: 51 cm / 20 inches

or Two-Colour Version:
Blacker Yarns Brushwork, Sport Weight (70% Scottish Bowmont, 20% British Alpaca, 10% Castlemilk Moorit; 152 metres / 165 yards per 50g)

Shown in:
MC: Wash; 3 balls
CC: Splosh; 2 balls


For Four-Colour Version:
Blacker Yarns Jacob, DK (100% Jacob Wool; 110 metres / 119 yards per 50g)

Shown in:
MC: Clay; 2 balls
CC A: Marlstone; 1 ball
CC B: Granite; 1 ball
CC C: Basalt; 2 balls

Note: When selecting colour combinations we recommend that you use the paler shade as MC

Three out of Five

Techniques include: simple lace knitting from charted instructions, short row shaping

4.5 mm (UK 7, US 7) circular knitting needle

7 stitch markers
Darning needle to sew in ends

18 sts and 26 rows to 10 cm / 4 inches square measured over Old Shale when blocked

15 sts and 30 rows to 10 cm / 4 inches square measured over Garter Stitch when blocked

Always use a needle size which results in the correct gauge after blocking

This shawl is knitted from edge to edge, using a combination of old shale and garter stitch. It features a simple stripe sequence and some short row shaping.