Kotiri Shawl by Francoise Danoy

Kotiri Shawl

March 2017
Lace ?
24 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in Lace Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
750 - 800 yards (686 - 732 m)
Length: 86” (218 cm); 42” (107 cm)
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Kotiri is Te Reo Maori for “Shooting Star”. Such as with many cultures around the world, the Maori also attributed meaning to meteors. They were thought to “convey fire to Earth, or to be stars that the sun or moon had struck down”. Bright shootings stars were seen to be as a good omen, and augured the passing of great leaders and the rise of new ones.

As someone who struggles with self-confidence yet runs an online business, it’s been more and more pressing to me about the importance of stepping up to be a leader in order to serve my community to my greatest potential. This shawl serves as a beacon to let my light SHINE and RISE.

I used a very special yarn for this project, “Silver Spun® Silk” from Feel Good Yarn Co., which as the name says, has silver intertwined into the fiber! The silver sparkles ever so subtly in the fabric, like twinkling stars in the sky.

Combined with the swooshing, flowing shape of the asymmetrical triangular shawl, you get a dynamic yet elegant piece of knitwear that sits so lightly on the shoulders to make you feel cosmic.

May this shawl serve as a reminder of the magic and greatness that resides within you. As a handmaker, be intentional and conscious as you knit, envisioning yourself as someone radiant and bright and give yourself permission to feel empowered. In order to create a impact in our lives, we must place ourselves at the center.

Needle: US size 4 (3.5mm), 32” (81cm) circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches.
Yarns Used: SilverSpun® Silk (800 yd/4 oz. 70% Combed Cotton / 17% Tussah Silk / 7% Nylon / 6% Silver)

Yardage: 750-800 yds/685-731 meters

Gauge: 24 sts and 48 rows = 4” (10cm)

Other Notions: Darning needle, stitch markers (optional)

The pattern has been tech edited to ensure a more enjoyable and stress-free knitting experience.