Sign of the Sun by Susanna Winter
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Sign of the Sun

August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in lace pattern, blocked
US 4 - 3.5 mm
656 yards (600 m)
Wingspan approx. 165 cm / 5’5”; depth: approx. 55 cm / 21½”
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Sign of the Sun was inspired by Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist, a novel of love, marriage, and betrayal in the 17th-century Amsterdam. This shawl is soft and romantic — but the design is modernized with the addition of a bright color and crisp textures.

Sign of the Sun is worked from the top down as a hybrid between a semi-circle and a crescent. Interspersed with sections of stockinette and lace in the main color are sets of elongated stitches worked in a contrasting color.

The pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Both written and charted instructions are provided for the stitch patterns.

Shilasdair Luxury 4 ply (40% angora, 40% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% baby camel, 200 m/50 g), 2 colors, 2 skeins of MC and 1 skein of CC. The sample is knitted in colorways Fleece Cloud (MC) and Tansy Gold (CC).

Or fingering-weight yarn in 2 colors:

  • MC: approx. 400 m / 440 yd
  • CC: approx. 200 m / 220 yd

Look for two contrasting colors to show off the elongated stitches. For a soft, romantic look, choose a yarn with a subtle halo.

3.5 mm / US 4 long (80–100 cm / 32–40”) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Darning needle


  • Wingspan: approx. 165 cm / 5’5”
  • Depth: approx. 55 cm / 21½”

The pattern uses the following techniques: elongated stitches, lace, and a stretchy bind-off. Ability to work lace from a chart is recommended but written instructions are also provided for the stitch patterns.

A big thank-you to all my test knitters Annu85, essiiij, FireSpitter, hovilee, Koukuttaja, Lulabellas and TheZippyZebra!