Héloïse by Soohyun Nam


April 2021
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette (blocked)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
780 - 900 yards (713 - 823 m)
One Size
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This pattern is a collaboration with Less Traveled Yarn. If you wish to achieve a look closest to the sample, do take a look at the Héloïse shawl kit in the Less Traveled Yarn Sport base for which it was designed, available in both the original colorways and custom combination!

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Got questions? Check out the tutorial videos for techniques and stitches used in Héloïse.

Section H, Row 29 (WS).

Inspired by Héloïse of Argenteuil, a 12th-century French scholar, philosopher, and nun, Héloïse celebrates the life of a bold and free-minded woman centuries ahead of her time.

Héloïse is a semi-circular shawl with incredibly simple construction using the Pi-method popularized by Elizabeth Zimmerman. Worked top down, it relies on the natural elasticity of the knitted fabric and a very small number of increase rows for its shape, offering a free canvas to knit upon.

The design features a “family” of closely-related combinations of slipped stitches and yarn overs that grow in complexity as variations on a theme, layered between plain stockinette sections that show off the beauty of the yarn. Each new motif builds on the simpler versions from the previous section, concluding with a bold flourish in an elegant lace border.

Exploring an array of expressions possible in closely related stitches and a small lace section, Héloïse is an enriching skill-builder and a gentle introduction to textured stitches, colourwork, and lace knitting. The rhythmic pace and the striking visual and textural variation will keep the advanced knitter peacefully engaged throughout. No matter what level, Héloïse will prove to be an entertaining and satisfying knit for any knitter.

Less Traveled Yarn Sport, 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon; 328 yd (300 m) per 100 g skein.
Main Colour (MC): Belladonna (two skeins) 
Contrast Colour (CC): Merlot (one skein) 
MC: 650-700 yd (600-640 m) sport weight yarn
CC: 150-170 yd (138-156 m) sport weight yarn
light fingering to DK weight yarn in any fibre composition.

*Note: Héloïse is designed to accommodate a range of yarn weights and gauge, and is easily modifiable for smaller or larger size by omitting or repeating the latter sections. Varying from the sample yarn weight and gauge will, however, affect the required yardage and the size of finished piece, as well as the appearance of the colourwork motifs. Using a smaller of the needle sizes recommended on the yarn band/by the manufacturer may help maintain the integrity of the slipped stitch motifs. Please see the various tester projects for reference.

US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles, or a needle size necessary to obtain gauge, with a 32” (80 cm) cord or longer.
Optional: Spare needle (a double-pointed needle or a cable needle) one size smaller than the circular needles used to obtain gauge

~20 stitch markers (for lace border)
Darning needle
Blocking pins

Stockinette st, after blocking:
22 sts x 28 rows = 4” 4 times” (10 cm x 10 cm) US 4 (3.5 mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge (after blocking)
22 sts and 28 rows of stockinette st with US Size 4 (3.5 mm) needles = 4”/10 cm 

Back depth: 23.6” (60 cm)
Wingspan: 55” (140 cm)

This pattern provides both written and charted instructions, and has been professionally edited and tested for clarity.