Koyo by Amy Swenson


December 2011
Lace ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, after lightly blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1000 yards (914 m)
After Blocking: 70 inches across long edge, 34 inches tall at point
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Autumn is, without question, my favorite season here in Ontario. The landscape is painted brilliantly in shades of pine, flame orange, and maple red. And even a simple drive in the country has me gasping a little from all the beauty.

Koyo, the Japanese word for “autumn leaves” is inspired in part by my new home here in Ontario, and in part by my first trip to Japan in late November 2000. So late in the year, I was shocked and surprised that the maples around Kyoto were in full, peak, color. I spent a day climbing to the top of one of the temple complexes that overlook the modern city, marveling at the reds and oranges, and golds.

Koyo features a knit-on border and delicate lace insets to mark the corners and center point of the shawl.

  • This pattern originally appeared as part of the 2010 Year of Lace.