Superscript Shawl by Amor Esperanza

Superscript Shawl

August 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
3.75 mm (F)
1305 yards (1193 m)
One Size
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Two shawl versions are included in the pattern, plus a bonus cowl pattern.

The Superscript Shawls are at their base, color block pieces. You’re knitting with one color at a time to create solid blocks of color. The rising notes of this shawl are created upon rather than within the primary stitches. Using applied i-cord (in surprising places) and very simple surface crochet you will create an embossed map that traces and foregrounds the angles of the design. The result of the surface texture and color contrast is deliciously graphic. In a single word, stunning! The sister shawl designs and the cowl, employ all the same methods, only in varying degrees. The cowl is efficiently designed to utilize the yarn remnants of your three colorways after finishing one of the two shawls.  The techniques you learn here will have you looking around at all your knit fabrics for opportunities to embellish.

Version Notes
Version A Shawl and Version B Shawl are distinguishable by their wings.

  • All of the adornments of the design (color blocks, i-cord bars, crochet inlays) are carried through the entire length of Version A.

  • In Version B these adornments are only applied in the center region of the shawl, while the wings are purely garter stitch with only the i-cord edging as an embellishment.

  • Both shawls are equal in length (89” tip to tip). Version B is slightly deeper down the center line (16” deep), than Version A (14.5” deep).

Yarn: Both versions require AMORES Raíz (100% Superwash Extrafine Merino; fingering; 435yds/100g); One skein needed for each of CC1, CC2, CC3.

Shawl Version A shown in Sherlock (deep teal), Linger (soft peach) and Sequoia (deep brown). Shawl Version B (and the cowl) shown in Alliteration (cranberry), Constellations (deep navy), and Morning Fog (soft blue).

Photo credit (first 6 images): Gale Zucker