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Kimani Shawl


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  • Lace
  • Worked Flat

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Pattern Details

Kimani is the Shoshone word for butterfly, which is a symbol of rebirth and renewal in many Native American cultures. The Kimani shawl features an intricate middle panel of butterfly motifs flanked by side "wings." There are two ways to work these wing sections: a Lace Wings version, which consists of an abstract butterfly mosaic pattern; and a Stockinette Wings version. The border consists of a textured eyelet rib that is my lace interpretation of the fringe that adorns the Shoshone shawls. Kimani is offered as a charted pattern, with big-easy-to-read charts and detailed instructions to show how to work them. Please note that all lace pattern stitches are charted only. Working the pattern size in Sport or DK weight yarns will result in a shawl that measures approximately 68" x 24". The size of the Kimani shawl may be easily customized by working the pattern in different yarn weights, so using fingering weight will make the shawl a bit smaller than the pattern size, while using worsted weight will result in a larger shawl. For example, fingering weight versions that were test knitted measured about 58-60" x 20-22" and used 500-550 yards. The lighter sport weight yarn (Knitting Notions Superwash Merino Sport) that I used for the blue sample used 580 yards and measured 62" x 22" on US 5/3.75mm needles. Construction Notes: Kimani is worked top-down, starting at the center back of the neck and worked down to the bottom edge. There is a wide center panel consisting of 4 stacked butterfly motifs that is patterned on both right and wrong sides. This panel is flanked by wings that are purled on all wrong-side rows. The bottom eyelet rib border is patterned on both sides. There is a 3-stitch garter border on each side. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit and purl increase and decrease Familiarity with lace knittng GAUGE 4 st = 1 inch stockinette blocked SUGGESTED YARN 600 yards of Sport weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Frog Tree Yarns Pediboo Sport

Recommended with this pattern

  • 575-650 Sport or DK weight yarn
  • tapestry needle
  • US Size 6 (4.00mm) circular needle

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Dee O'Keefe Designs
Dee O'Keefe Designs
Hi! I am a former professional guitarist who is very grateful to be a full time knitting pattern designer. I made all my clothes and jewelry as a hippie girl many years ago, and had a little cottage industry of selling my handcrafts to friends in high school. I later turned to music and put down all the needles and hooks and soldering guns and whatnot for over 30 years. I picked up knitting again a few years ago, but really kicked into gear in earnest June 2008 when I used it as a quit smoking aid. And then I discovered lace and shawls.... and the rest is history, as they say.