Marin by Ysolda Teague


January 2012
la bien aimee mcn sport
all 3 are used in this pattern
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in st st
US 5 - 3.75 mm
385 - 765 yards (352 - 700 m)
Original small (large)
low vision format available
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Pattern accessibility There are two versions of this pattern pdf available. Print (3 column), and low vision.

A decade later and this is still the perfect summer shawl! In collaboration with our friend, and talented designer, Nidhi Kansal, we have worked on updating Marin to have clearer instructions and more inclusive sizing options.

The story of Marin begins back in 2012 when Ysolda visited the mind-blowing Marin Civic Centre in California. This magical building, of whorling semi-circles and fluid lines that span the structure, left a deep impression. Ysolda was so inspired by this architectural delight that she turned it into a pattern (of course!) and so Marin was born. In it you can recognise the symmetrical patterning and reversible structure evident in the original inspiration.

Now available in two sizes, the original small version can be made with just one skein, while the larger version gives more fabric to cosy up in. Knit from side to side with long points and a shape that curves gently around your neck, Marin is the perfect accompaniment to every outfit. Unusually for something so light there’s no lace – the whole shawl is worked in garter stitch and ribbing with a few effectively placed cables and neat slipped stitch selvedges. The right and wrong sides are almost identical, so it’s easy to throw on without worrying about which side is facing out.

Thank you to Nidhi Kansal for the beautiful sample, photographs and valuable advice on improving the pattern. You can find Nidhi’s own inspiring pattern collection on her website: and she is also a founding member of the Indian Designer’s Collaboration

What’s new

  • larger size, plus the original one
  • clearer charts for each section
  • completely re-written, simplified written directions that don’t require jumping between pages
  • stitch counts for every row
  • low vision format

437(765) yds / 400(700)m of fingering or sport weight yarn with good drape that blocks well.
Larger size is better suited to fingering weight yarn.

Shown in
The Uncommon Thread Heavenly Fingering (70% Superfine Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 437 yds /400m, 100g) in Ripe Plum.
La Bien Aimée MCN Sport (75% SW Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% nylon, 328 yds / 300m, 100g) in Jinju.

US 5 / 3.75mm straight or circular needles.

Stitch markers, cable needle

24 sts and 34 rows = 4˝ / 10cm in st st.

Finished Sizes
Approximate length at top edge: 45(64)” / 114(160)cm
Approximate depth: 13(15)” / 33(37.5)cm
Refer to schematic image.

Low vision details:

  • The main text is black 24pt sans serif and all text is black on a white background.

  • No italics are used

  • The directions are in written form in LV pdf

  • Images have alt text