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Tribal Traces African Sampler Shawl


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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 . BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic lace knitting skills are helpful GAUGE Not important for this pattern SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 14x90in (35x230cm) SUGGESTED YARN 790 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN A good superwash sock yarn COLORWAY red earth or other earthy tone

Supplies Needed

  • US 4 (3.5mm) knitting needles
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends

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Michael Harrigan Designs
Michael Harrigan Designs
I’m hooked on lace knitting and enjoy creating patterns based on inspirations from nature, textiles, and monuments I encounter on my travels. You can also join me on the online knitting and crochet community at