Mayuri by Dee O'Keefe


July 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
5 stitches = 1 inch
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
640 - 690 yards (585 - 631 m)
74" x 20", but size is easily customizable
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Mayuri is a top-down, crescent lace shawl with a dramatic scalloped border that cascades into beautiful and feminine curls at each end. When I design, I love to mix lace cultures—what I like to call multi-national inspiration. Mayuri’s body pattern is composed of pretty Shetland eyelet columns that resemble little stacked roses while the predominant border design is an Estonian peacock stitch pattern. The name of the shawl comes from India and is a Sanskrit name meaning peacock.

While dimensions and yardage are provided for fingering or sock weight, Mayuri could also be worked in any weight you choose. Solid or tonal yarn is recommended for this design. The size is easy to customize by working more or fewer repeats of the Shetland eyelet motif on the shawl body— full instructions are provided, including how to calculate yardage and stitch counts for any size. The pattern includes detailed blocking instructions to show how to block the shawl in order to achieve the pretty curls at the wingspan ends.

The Mayuri pattern includes both charts and full written out instructions for those of you who prefer not to use charts.

Construction: Mayuri starts at the center back of the neck and is worked down to the bottom edge. The crescent shape is made by using kfb and pfb increases adjacent to the garter borders. A long garter tab at the beginning of the shawl helps to alleviate the hump that sometimes occurs with this type of crescent shaping. The spiral effect at the wingspan ends is achieved by twirling the tips in the direction of the curl when the shawl is worn.

Size and Yardage: Pattern size is 74” x 20” (relaxed after blocking). Test knitters used between 640-690 yards of fingering weight yarn.

ERRATA: On the written instructions for Chart 4, Row 9, please note that there is a k2tog towards the beginning of the row after the “kfb 2 times” that should not be there. The row should begin: k3, kfb 2 times, k4, yo - and so on.