Seven Maidens Shawl by Tina Tse

Seven Maidens Shawl

November 2019
Star Seed Yarn
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1200 - 1340 yards (1097 - 1225 m)
One Size
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This pattern is available for $9.00 USD buy it now

Pay What You Choose: In order to make my designs more financially accessible but still valuing the work it takes to create these patterns, I am implementing a “Pay What You Choose” model. These prices indicate the fair amount that has been put into the designs and hopefully can become a sustainable way for me to keep creating hand knitting patterns.

Listed are the codes and the price you will be paying next to them:

No Code: $9.00

TTierA: $7.00

TTierB: $5.00

TTierC: $4.00

Seven Maidens shawl is named after the Chinese festival, Qixi festival, that falls on the 7th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar. The festival came from the romantic tale of the forbidden love of the cow herder, a mortal, and the weaver fairy, an immortal. The weaver fairy was part of the seven heavenly maidens, daughters of the Heavenly King, as legend says. They fell in love and stayed on Earth to live a life together. Th Heavenly King and Queen found out, that their daughter had married a mortal, and created a heavenly river to separate them, known as the Milky Way. Their love was so strong that the Heavenly Queen allowed them to meet once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month. Traditionally, this festival is for young girls to pay tribute to these maidens for the promise of beauty and love. I grew up with this tale and have heard it in more than one way. This collaboration with Star Seed Yarn took me back to my roots and childhood. She named the colorway for Color B after me, the phonetic sound of my Chinese name in Cantonese. My father gave me my Chinese name. It means a heavenly orchid, he said, “Because you’re special, one of a kind, like the flowers from the heavens.”

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Advanced Beginner

CONSTRUCTION: 3-color shawl with lace, German short rows, slip stitches, and garter stitch in a gradually increasing width shape.

NEEDLE: US 6 / 4.0 mm or size needed to obtain gauge

GAUGE: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm
In garter stitch after blocking

Star Seed Yarn- Fingering Weight
Color A: 100% Superwash Merino Single Ply-“501 Levi’s”- 420 yds / 384 m
Color B: 4-ply fingering weight-“Tien Lan”- 420 yds / 384 m
Color C: 100% Superwash Merino Single Ply-“No Pipeline”- 400 yds / 366 m

One size

Starting at 12” W to 19” W x 76” L /
30 cm to 48 cm x 193 cm L


  1. You do not need to follow color order of striping for the lace as written. You can play around with striping combos as the yardage you have allow.
  2. Ends from the striping can be kept as fringe detail at shawl edge. They do not need to be weaved in at the end.