Taha Moana Shawl by Francoise Danoy

Taha Moana Shawl

June 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Lace Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1340 - 1620 yards (1225 - 1481 m)
50 in./128 cm on all sides.
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Can you smell the sea breeze?

When we think of shawls, we often think of warm wraps to cover ourselves with during the cold winter seasons. While this shawl can definitely serve that purpose (just use a wool-based fiber!), I created the Taha Moana (Te Reo Maori for “Seashore”) shawl to be a warm-weather accessory. This majestic and flowing shawl, conjures images of moonlight moments by the seaside or quiet reposes under the shade of palm trees overlooking sandy beaches.

The 3/4 shawl shape makes it easy to wear over the shoulders - much more wearable than a triangular shawl sometimes - but if you would prefer to knit a triangular version, instructions are included to make the modification! 4 colors were used in the original sample, but if you wish to make a 3 color or a 2 color version, instructions are included on how to do that as well.


  • Fingering/4-ply
  • Silk does not have a lot of elasticity to it, but it is a cool fiber with lots of drape and great for the summer. Substitute yarns can be with cotton or linen. For a cold-weather version, any wool based fiber will work well with this pattern. Acrylics and nylon can work as well. When in doubt, swatch!
  • Mythica Fibers Rustic Silk (100% Silk; 470 yds./430 m; 100 g). 2 skeins in Fairy Dust (MC), 1 skein in Unforgettable (CC1), Loyal Friend (CC2) and Meditation (CC3).


  • Yardage for MC yarn: 780 - 900 yds./ 710 - 825 m

4-color combo:

  • CC1: 240 - 300 yds./ 220 - 275 m
  • CC2: 230 - 280 yds./ 210 - 255 m
  • CC3: 120 - 140 yds./ 110 - 130 m

3-color combo:

  • CC1: 360 - 440 yds./ 330 - 402 m
  • CC2: 230 - 280 yds./ 210 - 255 m

2-color combo:

  • CC1: 560 - 720 yds./ 510 - 660 m.


  • 6 US/4mm size 40 in./100 cm circular needle or longer.
  • A long circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches as the shawl grows.


  • 24 sts x 32 rows per 4 in./10 cm in lace stitch pattern with suggested needle size and after blocking.
  • Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges will affect yardage and final measurements.


  • 6 Stitch markers
  • Darning/tapestry needle


  • This pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
  • This pattern has been tech edited for clarity and corrections. If you require pattern support, email us at fdanoy@arohaknits.com and we will respond to your request within 24-48 hours. We respond to pattern support questions by email ONLy.
  • You can sell FOs made from this design to friends and family, as well as in your online or offline shop.

Note: in the photos I am wearing a kirituhi stencil. Kirituhi was initially developed so that non-Māori could get “Māori-inspired” tattoos. For Māori, they are used for kapa haka performances and for wāhine to feel empowered—I use it as a forward expression of my cultural heritage without violating the specific mana and tikanga of tā moko. The mana of kirituhi is safe to wear as it is purposefully made to be a “generic” design.

Māori — Native people of New Zealand

Kirituhi — A Māori-inspired tattoo or marking

Kapa haka — Dance performance

Wāhine — Woman

Mana — Authority

Tā moko — A traditional permanent marking of the body and face