Namtso by Gretha Mensen


January 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in cable pattern, blocked.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
853 - 962 yards (780 - 880 m)
Approx. 83” (210 cm) wingspan along top edge x 28“ (71 cm) width.
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Sometimes a very special fiber calls for a design that celebrates its origins. A velvety soft, heathered yarn spun from the combings of yaks that live on the Tibetan plateau was the inspiration for ‘Namtso,’ meaning a Tibetan holy lake.

The patterned bands of this triangular shawl suggest a terrain of grasslands, lakes, and mountains, all abstracted into an undulating rhythm. Savor the meditative nature of knitting as you transform your yarn into this richly textured fabric.

’Namtso’ is worked flat from the top down, starting with a garter tab. Stitches are increased along the edges and the center to create a shallow triangular shawl.

The pattern is fully written out and charted with stitch counts throughout the entire shawl.

7 skeins mYak, (100% Baby Yak, 50 gr-125yds/117m). Sample yardage 864yds/790m in color Oatmeal.

Or any DK weight yarn: approx. 853-962yds (780-880m).

24” (minimal 60 cm) circular or straight needles.
US 7 (4.5 mm) for border and BO.
US 8 (5.0 mm) for body.

Stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle.

In cable pattern, 20 stitches x 28 rows.

Gauge is not crucial at all, but will affect final size and yardage.

Approx. 83” (210 cm) wingspan along top edge x 28“ (71 cm) width.

Different sizes and fits can also be achieved by altering yarn weight and/or needle size(s).