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I’m hooked on lace knitting and enjoy creating patterns based on inspirations from nature, textiles, and monuments I encounter on my travels.

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Tribal Traces African Sampler Shawl

from Michael Harrigan Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Tribal Traces African Sampler Shawl
Tribal Traces African Sampler Shawl
Tribal Traces African Sampler Shawl
Tribal Traces African Sampler Shawl
Tribal Traces African Sampler Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic lace knitting skills are helpful

Pattern Description:

I enjoy traveling and often pick up the work of local artisans. After doing a fair amount of lace knitting recently, I wanted to knit a scarf/shawl/wrap based on a painted cloth I found in South Africa several years ago.

As you can see in the photos, there are 2 pieces I've done. The one in 2-ply (laceweight) was knit with 3.25mm needles and measures 25x160cm. The other, which I think represents the actual painted cloth better, was knit with 4-ply (fingering) wool with 3.5mm needles. It measures 35x230cm.

I used 1 80-gram skein of 2-ply superwash wool for the lace-weight wrap, with a fair amount left over. For the fingering weight shawl I used 2 100-gram skeins, with just a bit left over.

Two identical panels are knit and are grafted together using the Kitchener stitch. There are 6 sections to each panel .


Not important for this pattern

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 14x90in (35x230cm)


  • US 4 (3.5mm) knitting needles

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Suggested yarn:

790 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

A good superwash sock yarn


red earth or other earthy tone