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My background in fiber arts began as a kid in Connecticut, sewing and crafting, and grew into a pursuit of a degree in fiber arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design (B.F.A. Fibers, 1999). ...

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from Mercedes Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Ayano

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • lace knitting
  • yo
  • decreasing
  • reading lace instructions- chart and/or written
  • increasing

Pattern Description:

Ayano = Japanese name meaning “of color, from love”

A gracefully curving shawl worked in three conjoined segments, Ayano is a fun way to play with color and texture. Knit any two coordinating or contrasting sock weight yarns, this makes a great stashbuster. Ayano is shaped as an almost-semi-circle, like a half-donut.

Simple garter stitch stripes expand out to an easy-to-follow horseshoe lace, which is finished off with a deep zigzag lace edging.

All lace sections are both charted and written.


20 sts+ 40 rows=4” in garter st, before blocking

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • approx. 17” deep x 70” circumference along widest part of curve, after blocking.


  • yarn: approx. 400 yds each fingering/sock weight yarn in 2 colors, Main Color (MC) & Contrast Color (CC). US size 5 (3.75mm)-32” circular (or longer).

You Will Also Need:

  • 4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking pins and/or wires.