When the Rainbow is Enuf by Mara Licole

When the Rainbow is Enuf

March 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in brioche
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
One Size (see notes below)
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This design was created to pay homage to the beautiful Ntozake Shange while highlighting her message that there is strength in individuals but when that strength is tested you can find love and even greater strength in communities that come together in solidarity. Using a rainbow as a brilliant analogy for community Shange gives us a glimpse into the importance of each individual color, as they are personified in the choreopoem, and the awe created when they bind together. Let’s celebrate Ntozake’s timeless message as we cast on When the Rainbow is Enuf. Don’t forget to show off your yarn selections, cast on, progress, and finished projects! Use the hashtag #LoveforNtozake to contribute to the Instagram Gallery.

This shawl is knit side to side from cast on edge to bind off edge to create an easy to wear off-center triangle shape that can be styled many ways. Work your way through rhythmic two-color brioche and a leaf lace pattern that is framed by eyelet stripes. Finally, you’ll add a dainty and stretchy picot bind off. You will receive chart instructions for the lace section and schematic to provide helpful visual cues to supplement the written instructions.


  • pattern includes written instructions, charted instructions, and a schematic
  • larger finished measurements makes it easier to style for a variety of body types
  • great canvas for color play
  • engaging but fairly easy lace section
  • modern off-center triangle shape for easier wear -- stays on your shoulders and can be worn as a scarf
  • perfect project to showcase artisanal yarns with interesting color patterns such as speckles
  • The pattern is written with a beginner brioche knitter in mind


Wingspan 88” | 197 cm
Depth 19” | 44 cm
For fit reference the model is approximately 5’ 3” | 162 cm tall


approximately 1200 yards | 1097 meters of fingering weight yarn

400 yards |365 meters (MC), 400 yards | 365 meters (CC1), and 400 yards | 365 meters (CC2).

Sample Project Yarn:
La Bien Aimée Merino Singles, 100% merino wool | 400 yards | 365 meters per 100g skein.

shown in: Winter Garden (MC), Ghost (CC1), and Yellow Brick Road (CC2)

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Happy knitting!

x mara licole