Beautyberry Shawl by Ksenia Naidyon

Beautyberry Shawl

March 2023
Lace ?
19 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch, Blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
900 - 1000 yards (823 - 914 m)
Wingspan 103” / 262cm, Width 20” / 51cm
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The unique textures and vivid colors of beautyberry were the inspiration behind my design. This really unusual and eye catching shrub has long branches hugged with showy clusters of glossy, iridescent-purple fruit. In a similar manner, the shawl features striking stripes full of color and texture.

This shawl was dreamed up as an ode to bright and adventurous yarn colors. It features a beautiful set of neon rainbow minis from Seismic Yarn highlighted and slightly mellowed down with white Suri alpaca. The pattern could work well with one skein of variegated or ombre yarn used for a contrast color as well. Or maybe dive into your stash and get a whole lot of yarn leftovers and scraps to use for each stripe!

Beautyberry is worked from corner to corner in three stitch patterns. The good news: all colorwork is done with slipped stitches, so only one color is used per row. Bobbles are not worked one by one; instead, sections of fabric are shaped with increases and decreases over several rows, this way being way less labor-intensive.


  • Wingspan 103” / 262cm
  • Width 20” / 51cm at the widest point


  • MC: 650yds of solid colored fluff (Suri / mohair) or fingering weight yarn
  • CC: 300yds total; 6 colors would require 50yds each
  • Sample yarn MC: Seismic Suri from Seismic Yarn (75% brushed baby Suri alpaca, 25% silk, 328yds / 50g) in Au Natural
  • Sample Yarn CC: Pretty Pretty Princess Rainbow Mini Kit from Seismic Yarn (75% sw merino, 25% silk, 87yds / 20g, 6 colors).
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Needles and Gauge

  • US 6 / 4mm needles (straight or on a long cable) or the size needed to obtain gauge of:
  • 23sts and 30 rows in 4” / 10cm in Garter Stitch, unblocked
  • 19sts and 25 rows in 4” / 10cm in Garter Stitch, blocked


  • The shawl is knit from corner to corner flat. Increases shape the first half of the piece and decreases - the second.

  • To adjust the pattern to the available yardage, weigh your MC yarn and all the CC yarns combined. Increase until you reach approximately a half of MC or CC, whichever comes first. Then start decreasing.

  • The shawl features three stitch patterns: Garter Stitch, Dots, and Berries.

  • You can choose to cut the strand of color that’s not in use at the moment or to carry it along the edge of the shawl. For the sample shawl, yarn was carried along at all times. Recommendations on this are added to the pattern.