Painting Rainbows Shawl by Stephen West

Painting Rainbows Shawl

February 2022
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
+ Lace
= Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in (4 rows stockinette + 4 rows reverse stockinette stitch) after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1690 - 2610 yards (1545 - 2387 m)
One Size
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Enjoy the smooth relaxing rows and repetitive rhythm of this semi-circular shawl. Two skeins of West Wool Bicycle frame eight shades of Isager Silk Mohair that decorate the rainbow stripes. The main color is one strand of fingering weight while the contrast colors are lace weight held double for extra fluffy rainbow rays. This pattern is also great for using mini skeins and small bits of fingering weight yarn.

The pattern begins at the top center of the shawl and the border is knit sideways while being attached to the live stitches for a completely seamless project. Choose a classic rainbow range of colors or curate your own color palette to paint your unique rainbow dream!

Finished Measurements
80′′ / 203cm wingspan length, 30′′ / 76cm from CO to BO edge measured along the center. Measurements taken after blocking.

Fingering weight for MC + lace weight mohair held double for CC’s

MC - 770yds / 704m
CC - approximately 920yds / 841m using a single strand of yarn
If you are using 8 CC’s, then you will need about 115yds/ 105m of each color using a single strand of yarn.

Yardage estimates are listed using 1 strand of fingering weight yarn. If you are using lace weight mohair silk held double for your CC’s like the original sample, then you will need approximately 1840yds / 1682m total of mohair or 230yds / 210m of each mohair color (using 8 CC shades of mohair). The photographed sample features 8 mohair CC’s using mohair held double.

Shown in
West Wool Bicycle (100% South American Merino Wool; 191yds / 175m per 50g skein)
MC - White Peach

Isager Silk Mohair (75% Kid Mohair, 25% Silk; 232yds / 212m per 25g ball)
CC1 - 67 (green)
CC2 - 22 (gold)
CC3 - 12 (purple)
CC4 - 33 (orange)
CC5 - 62 (pink)
CC6 - 63 (brown)
CC7 - 41 (blue)
CC8 - 60 (dark gray)

Mohair Silk creates a soft and fluffy fabric. Hold two strands together for each lace weight mohair CC to create a fluffier stripe.
If you prefer to knit a shawl without mohair, you can use a single strand of fingering weight wool for the CC’s.

US 5 / 3.75mm circular in 40′′ / 100cm length or size needed to obtain gauge

1 stitch marker, tapestry needle

18 sts & 34 rows = 4′′ / 10cm in pattern (4 rows
stockinette + 4 rows reverse stockinette stitch) after blocking

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