Cirrus by Natasja Hornby


December 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1230 yards (1125 m)
One size
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Cirrus’ most prominent design feature are the eye-catching but easy to work giant mosaic shapes. Depending on the surroundings, these shapes can be thought of as flowers, delicate sea creatures or windmills. But there is more; cute dots, garter stitch stripes and a lovely, wearable shape.
And yes, it seems like a lot, but the well thought out details and the meticulously balanced proportions prevent it from being over-the top in any way. Although Cirrus will turn heads where ever you go, she is also remarkably easy to wear and effortlessly elegant.

Cirrus is a sideways constructed triangle. You will start with a few stitches, and work increases to shape the shawl. The upper edge of the shawl is further shaped by working German short rows. After the body of the shawl is completed, you will pick up stitches on the left lower edge of your shawl to work the border around both the lower edges.

Approx 175 cm / 69” wingspan along the top edge and 65 cm / 25.5” deep.

Fingering weight yarn, preferably with some elasticity and bounce (wool or a wool blend).
MC approx 550 m / 600 yards.
CC approx 575 m / 630 yards.

Sample shown in Garthenor Ronas 4-ply, 100% organic native Shetland wool, 210 m / 230 yard per 50 gr.

MC: Chalk
CC: Charcoal


  • the MC is the color of the flowers. The pattern is written to result in light flowers on a darker background. If you want to reverse this (dark flowers on a lighter background) a separate PDF for the Mosaic Colorwork is provided.

  • the Mosaic Colorwork is charted only, the Raspberries & Cream sections are both charted and written out.

  • a detailed explanation how to read and work the Mosaic Colorwork Charts is provided in the pattern.

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