Pikorua Shawl by Francoise Danoy

Pikorua Shawl

March 2017
Lace ?
24 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
720 yards (658 m)
Length: 74" (188cm), 37" (93cm)
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The Pikorua Shawl is a top-down asymmetrical triangular shawl, worked in alternating sections of garter stitch and simple lace, finished off with a braided lace stitch pattern.

“Pikorua” is Maori for “twist”, based on the pounamu twist design often found in Maori pendants. It symbolizes the bond between two people, whether founded in friendship, love, or blood (or knitting, for a less extreme version).

The lace edging of the shawl, a knitted representation of this “twist” design, is my way of expressing my bond and dedication to you, and the rest of the Fibre Muse community. When you knit this pattern, really think about the bonds you are forging or nurturing. You can do this by…

  • Working it up in a yarn, from a yarn
    maker that you really admire and want to support.
  • Make this shawl and gift it to a knit-worthy loved one, someone that you have bonded with (this is the perfect design for Giver Fibre Muses, I would say!).
  • Or make it for yourself; the bonds that we have with ourselves are just as important as the bonds we forge with others.

This pattern has been both tech edited, and test knit to ensure a more enjoyable knitting experience. As part of pattern support, you get special access to HD images, video, and written tutorials on advanced techniques featured in the pattern.

Needle: US size 4 (3.5mm), 32” (81cm) circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches.
Yarns Used: Baby Yak Lace Weight (100% Baby Yak ; 50 gr. ; 380 yards/350 meters). Color ways 1 skein in Black (MC) and 1 skein in Orche (CC)
Yardage: MC: 380 yards/350 meters CC: 300 - 350 yards/270 - 320 meters
Gauge: 24 sts and 38 rows = 4”/10cm in garter stitch, after blocking.
Other Notions: Stitch markers, darning needle.