Puaka Shawlette by Francoise Danoy

Puaka Shawlette

by Francoise Danoy
Knitting
August 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in Textured St. st.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
390 - 420 yards (357 - 384 m)
Sample size: Wingspan 60", Depth at deepest point 14"
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The Puaka Shawlette (Māori for flower) is an elegant, seemingly ethereal, and delicate shawlette. A bud-like stitch pattern creates an interesting texture over the stockinette and a Japanese lace pattern borders the edge of the shawlette for a delicate finish. Wear it draped over your shoulders, or wrapped closed to the neck paired with a shawl pin, this stunning project will be sure to impress.


Needle: US size 5 (3.75mm), 24” (60cm) or 32” (80cm) circular needle. Circular needle is used to accommodate large number of sts.
Yarns Used: madelinetosh tosh merino light (Fingering/4 ply;100% Merino; 420 yards). 1 skein used in color way Antler.
Yardage: 390-420 yards.
Gauge: 22 sts and 38 rows in textured pattern. While gauge is not crucial to this project, different gauges will effect size and yardage (and amount of skeins needed).
Other Notions: Stitch markers.
Final Measurements (after blocking): Wingspan 60”, depth at deepest point 14”. Shawlette was blocked rather aggressively to bring out the lace.
Special Techniques/Stitches: YO increases, basic decreases (k2tog, ssk) and garter tab cast-on. Written and charted instructions are included.
Number of pages: 5
Languages: English and French.

Pattern has been test knit and edited.

Note: in the photos I am wearing a kirituhi stencil. Kirituhi was initially developed so that non-Māori could get “Māori-inspired” tattoos. For Māori, they are used for kapa haka performances and for wāhine to feel empowered—I use it as a forward expression of my cultural heritage without violating the specific mana and tikanga of tā moko. The mana of kirituhi is safe to wear as it is purposefully made to be a “generic” design.

Māori — Native people of New Zealand

Kirituhi — A Māori-inspired tattoo or marking

Kapa haka — Dance performance

Wāhine — Woman

Mana — Authority

Tā moko — A traditional permanent marking of the body and face