Fauxtarsia Wave by Elizabeth Elliott

Fauxtarsia Wave

July 2018
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
+ Lace
= Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25.5 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch with both yarns held together
US 4 - 3.5 mm
2024 - 2130 yards (1851 - 1948 m)
19.5 in/49.5cm wide, 74 in/188cm long
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Fauxtarsia Wave uses two different laceweight yarns held together and worked alone in the same row to give an intarsia effect without the intarsia. Increases and decreases shift the change point, forming waves that run the length of the shawl. Fauxtarsia Wave is worked from end to end. Pattern instructions are written, and include tips for adjusting the length (whether for a different final length or to adjust for a different row gauge) and selecting yarns for your project. To make this shawl, you will need to know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease.

Modeled by Josephine Ankarah, who is 5 ft 7 in/170cm tall.


  • Shibui Knits Cima: 4 skeins (shown in Cove) AND
  • Shibui Knits Lunar: 3 skeins (shown in Fjord)


  • 1065 yds/974m each of 2 laceweight yarns in similar colours and contrasting textures


  • US4/3.5mm or size needed for correct gauge (Exact gauge is not essential, though differences in gauge will affect size and yarn requirements.)


  • 1 stitch marker
  • yarn needle
  • blocking wires (optional, though helpful for blocking)

About the yarns

Shibui Cima is a high twist, laceweight yarn in superbaby alpaca and fine merino wool. Cima’s fibre content gives this yarn a lovely softness and drape, while its high twist keeps the alpaca from shedding or forming too much of a halo. The high twist and the 30% superfine merino also give the fabric some memory, so it won’t lose its shape. This yarn’s matte appearance contrasts nicely with Lunar’s sheen.

Shibui Lunar is a laceweight yarn made up of 3 plies of 60/40 merino/silk. The high percentage of mulberry silk in this yarn gives it a wonderful sheen and depth of colour, as well as a beautiful drape, while the merino gives memory to the fabric.

If substituting yarns, choose laceweight to light fingering weight yarns with different textures and subtly different colours that give you a fabric you like. You will need approximately 1065 yds/974m of each yarn, or a combined total of 2130 yds/1948m if you wish to use several different yarns.