Seigaiha Shawl by Duke of Nikko

Seigaiha Shawl

September 2022
Yoriko Oki Sparkle Yarn
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in mosaic knitting
US 5 - 3.75 mm
800 - 875 yards (732 - 800 m)
60” / 152cm wingspan, 30” / 76cm from neck to tip
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This triangular Mosaic shawl features a traditional Japanese design pattern called Seigaiha (青海波 - blue ocean waves).

Typically, a Seigaiha pattern illustrates a series of circular-shaped arches depicting waves. In this shawl design, I chose angular shapes to take advantage of the Mosaic knitting technique. Using a set of gradient mini skeins achieves the subtle movement of tidal ocean waves, which symbolizes the perpetual power of natural forces.

The shawl is worked flat, starting at one end and increasing 1 stitch at the end of every odd (RS) row, creating a triangle. If you have enough yardage left, you may continue working until the desired length is achieved, making a larger shawl.

Borders around the triangle are knit in garter stitch. In the main body section, CC’s (gradients) are knit in garter stitch while the MC is knit in stockinette stitch, creating different textures within Mosaic knitting. Refer to the pattern charts and written instructions on which stitch to use.

Advanced Beginner

Mosaic Knitting

One Size

Approx. 60” / 152cm wingspan, 30” / 76cm from neck to tip

Fingering weight yarn in at least 2 contrasting colors. A total of 6 colors are used in the design / sample, but you can reduce the number of colors as you wish.

Yoriko Oki Sparkle Yarn (Fingering / sock / 4-ply weight 75% Superwash Merino, 20% nylon, 5% Stellina)
MC: 1 skein (437 yards / 100 grams) in Morning Mist
CCs: 1 Ocean Blue Gradient Mini Skein Set (5 skeins, 88 yards / 20 grams each. Total 437 yards / 100 grams)

US #5 (3.75mm) or size to obtain gauge, in 40” / 100cm circular needles. Tapestry needle and scissors.

21 sts and 38 rows per 4” / 10cm in main body mosaic pattern after blocking