Caim Shawl by Francoise Danoy

Caim Shawl

May 2018
BigFootFibers Super Silky Sheep
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1210 - 1400 yards (1106 - 1280 m)
Diameter: 52 in./132 cm
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Caim is an Old Gaelic word that means “protecting” or “encircling.” Celtic Christians believed that time was circular, rather than linear, with God at the center of it. From this belief, they developed the Caim prayer, or circle prayer. This type of prayer is one where people form a circle around the person who needs protection and then recite simple requests to draw Good near and Evil afar. An individual may say the same prayer by drawing an imaginary circle around herself and reciting the prayer.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, it is hard to deny the benefits of a warm hug or a simple touch. Sometimes, it’s just the slightest weight of something over our shoulders that gives us that sense of calm. This fingering weight pi shawl is perfect for when you need to feel a comforting embrace. The lace motifs are all generally round, echoing the idea of Caim. The outermost lace pattern is also suggestive of arms stretching out to hold hands and encircle the body. Like praying hands placed on your shoulders, this generous shawl is sure to remind you that Good conquers Evil.

Real Talk Time

In the United States, there are children who have been torn away from the loving arms of their parents and being placed into cages. They are undergoing a traumatic experience and the fact that they can’t even be comforted by their parents, angers me (among many other things). I’m not a mother, nor do I plan on ever being one, but I am a human being, capable of feeling empathy. And this is not ok.

I want to believe that Good conquers Evil. Truly. Which is why I’m choosing to talk about this and ACT.

One of my core values at Aroha Knits is… Aroha. Aroha is Maori for “love, compassion, empathy”. So I’ll be donating 10% of ALL sales of the Caim Shawl towards RAICES Texas, an organization thaworksks on getting these children reunited back with their parents. I am aware that some legislation was passed to put a stop to this barbaric act in the future, but there are no plans on how to get the children who have been separated thus far back to their parents.

I have an online community of almost 30k and on this platform I talk about how to use knitting to make an impact, a TRANSFORMATIONAL and POSITIVE impact, in the world. How knitting can be more that just knitting. It would be a major violation to who I am, to what this brand stands for, to just stand by and say and do nothing. So I’m evoking the Giver Fibre Muse, the muse of selflessness, to make a transformational impact. And I hope you will too. Heck, you don’t have to even purchase my pattern, but, please, let’s do something.


  • 1,210 - 1,400 yd./1,100 - 1,280 m
  • Fingering/4-ply
  • BigFootFibers Super Silky Sheep (75% SW Merino, 25% Silk; 100 g; 437 yd./400 m).
  • 3 skeins in Mrs. Skerrett.
  • If you are a loose knitter or don’t often swatch for gauge, it is recommended to get a fourth skein of yarn or plan on binding off early.
  • This blend has a beautiful sheen and shine, and feels soft and light against the skin. It has a good balance of memory and drape.


  • US 5 (3.75 mm) size 100 in./250 cm circular needle
  • A long circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches as the shawl grows.


  • 28 sts and 32 rnds = 4 in./10 cm in St st on US 5 (3.75 mm) needle after blocking.
  • Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges will affect yardage and final measurements.


  • Stitch markers
  • Darning/tapestry needle


  • One size
  • Diameter: 52 in./132 cm

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit to ensure that the pattern is as clear, correct and consistent as it can be. However small details can still slip us by so if you have a pattern support question, send an email to and we’ll get back to you within 24-48 hours.