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Irida Shawl

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Irida Shawl
Irida Shawl
Irida Shawl
Irida Shawl
Irida Shawl
Irida Shawl
Irida Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • simple increases and decreases

Pattern Description:

Irida (Greek for rainbow) is a simply constructed triangular shawl knit from the top down with a lacey chevron pattern and garter stitch bands that show off the color changes of an ombré yarn. The pattern is intuitive, perfect for those new to shawl knitting, and creates a lovely, wearable piece that puts your yarn on center stage. No one skein of ombré is the same, so this shawl is designed to be customizable. Specific instructions for a small and large size have been given, with notes on altering the pattern to suit your needs. And if you don't have an ombré yarn on hand, the shawl would also be quite pretty made with different skeins in different colors, as long as they are the same weight.


Small [Large]
19 sts & 31 rows (16 sts & 27 rows) = 4"/ 10 cm in St st
19 sts & 34 rows (16 sts & 30 rows) = 4"/ 10 cm in Chevron Lace

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Small [Large] = 48"/ 122 cm [60"/ 152 cm] long at top edge; 22"/ 56 cm [26"/ 66 cm] height at center


  • 450 yds/ 412 m (575 yds/ 526 m) of a sport weight yarn
  • US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, at least 24"/ 60 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

450 yards of Sport weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Kauni 8/2 Effektgarn