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Lotus for Hana Matsuri shawl

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Lotus for Hana Matsuri shawl
Lotus for Hana Matsuri shawl
Lotus for Hana Matsuri shawl
Lotus for Hana Matsuri shawl

Pattern Description:

The lotus is an important flower in many cultures, full of meaning, medicinal, and nutritional qualities. April 8 signifies the day Buddha emerged- a story full of beauty from nothing, inspiring in that we, too, can remain dormant then at once bloom and flower, no matter what challenges put before us.
The lotus, species Nelumbo, is fascinating. It is a thermo-regulating plant able to remain warm despite changes in temperature. The warmth beginning in the bud and continuing as its inner parts emerge throughout the day, holding this warmth throughout the night. It is hardy, beautiful, resilient, and long living. 1300 year old lotus seeds found in China were able to germinate and a single plant can live over 1,000 years. We eat, drink, and even wear parts of the lotus. All parts are edible, the leaves can be made into tea, and the fibers are woven into fabric. Truly a grand botanical wonder...

This Lotus for Hana Matsuri shawl is a triangle shaped shawl knit from the top down with Russian lace stitches and incorporates suggestions of stitches in other Haapsalu shawls (but no nupps-) It is knit with pattern on both sides and the size easily adjusted. It can be knit in lace or fingering weight yarn ( yardage is given for lace weight. Please, adjust yardage accordingly)


11 sts x 15.5 rows=2"x2" unblocked, relaxed stockinette on 3.5mm needles in lace, though gauge is not crucial for this project.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • end at Row 150: lace weight 700 yards finished size: 56" x 23
  • end at Row 200: lace weight 800 yards{ finished size: 63" x 30"
  • end at Row 232: lace weight 900 yards fi nished size: 72" x 33"


  • 3.25mm (us no. 3) or 3.5mm (us no. 4), depending on your knitting style

You Will Also Need:

  • darning needle to weave in ends
  • stitch markers helpful

Suggested yarn:

700 yards of Lace weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Posh Yarn, Diana


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