Knitting Notions is a family owned and operated business. We opened in 2005 with our first product, our handmade Yarn Swifts, and have added to our product line as our business grew. We now produce a large line of handmade wood and leather products as well as hand dyed merino wool yarns. 99% of the products that we sell are made by us or another American small business.
Kimani is the Shoshone word for butterfly, which is a symbol of rebirth and renewal in many Native American cultures. There is a dance performed by Shoshone women called the Ladies Fancy Shawl Dance, which features colorful fringed shawls and movements that resemble butterflies in flight. This vision of joyous dancing, swirling shawls and butterflies inspired me to design my own fancy lace butterfly shawl.
And so Kimani 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.
Sizes: 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 about 500-550 yards on US 4 (3.5 mm) The lighter sport weight yarn (Knitting Notions Classic Merino Superwash Sport) that I used for the blue sample used about 580 yards and measured 62” x 22” on US 5 (3.75 mm) needles.
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Materials: 2 skeins of Knitting Notions Classic Merino Superwash Sport yarn; Knitting Notions Classic Merino Sport yarn
- Finished Dimensions: 62-68" x 22-24"
- Yarn Requirements: 575-625 yards sport weight yarn
- Gauge: 16 stitches = 4” in stockinette, washed and blocked
- Needles: 24" or 32" size 5-6 US circular or size needed to achieve gauge
Designed by Dee O'Keefe of Designs by Dee.
Used by permission from Dee O'Keefe
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