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Bring Good Fortune and Abundance Your Way
The main colorwork motif of the Patiki Shawl, like many of my other colorwork designs, is heavily influenced by traditional Maori taniko designs, geometric patterning woven onto borders of cloaks and dresses. This geometric formation is called “Patikitiki”, easily identifiable through the singular diamond as the dominant motif. The Patikitiki motif is meant to resemble the flounder fish, which used to be a common food source for the Maori. This is why this is the symbol for “abundance”. So when you wear the Patiki, good fortune is sure to follow (perhaps an abundance of yarn?).
The Patiki Shawl features a colorwork technique that I have not used in my designs before: Mosaic! In this top-down triangular shawl, you’ll knit in squishy garter stitch, working some simple eyelet stripes into the fabric, and at the end, the mosaic border featuring the Patiki motif. Use your creativity to choose two colors to make your project shine and stand out. Switch out the garter stitch for all-over stockinette, for a different effect. Lengthen the body of the shawl. I always remind my Fibre Muses that even changing one aspect of the design can create something new and unique. So how will you make this design your own?
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Needle Size: US 5 (3.5mm) 32” circular needle. A long circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches.
Yarn Used: Desert Bloom Yarns Luxury (70% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere ; 100 grams ; 437 yards/400 meters). 1 (2) skein(s) in Arizona Cypress (MC) and Silver Nightshade (CC)
Yardage: 425 - 550 yards / 388 - 502 meters in MC yarn, 250 - 350 yards / 228 - 320 yards in CC.
- 22 sts and 56 rows = 4”/10cm in garter stitch after blocking.
- 17 sts and 64 rows (2 reps) = 3” in Mosaic stitch after blocking.
Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges will affect the amount of yarn used, and final measurements.
Notions: Removable stitch markers, darning needle.
Pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit for errors and clarity.