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Meditative Shawl

Meditative Shawl

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This meditative shawl knitting pattern combines meandering paths of gentle lace for a mindful experience. It is soothing and gentle both in the knitting and the wearing.

This piece begins with an entire field of lace, traversing across the paths made by the traveling knit stitches between curving eyelet sections. The shawl shrinks bit by bit in neat and subtle decreases along a single side for an asymmetrical triangle.

Eventually, the path narrows to one singular point for the mind to focus on, bind-ing off a single final stitch. 

The lace paths are inspired by meditation labyrinths, which are used in spiritual traditions around the world for mindful walking and breathing. The easy-to-memorize lace creates rhythmic and comforting mindfulness for the knitter to ponder as they work.

    This product listing is for a PDF download with a pattern for you to make your own finished knit with. It does not include the finished product. Please read below for all pattern specs and details.

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    Pattern Details

    Size Selection

    Finished Size

    Width at cast on: 32” / 81 cm

    Height of shawl: 52” / 132 cm

    Wingspan: 60” / 152.5 cm Depth: 32” / 81.28

    Yarn Selection & Yardage

    3 plates of Woollentwine Fibre Studio Thrive base in colorway “Linen”, 100g per plate, held double throughout. This is an unspun yarn that is a blend of various rustic wools local to the mill, and has a soft hand, a lot of crimp, and DK weight when single.

    OR any unspun yarn held double

    OR 725 yards / 675 meters of any chunky weight woolen spun yarn. Woolen spun yarn is suggested as an alternative to unspun because it has lighter hand and grist than worsted spun yarn.

    Alternate unspun yarns include Plotulopi, Manchelopi, or Nutiden (all held double).

    Alternate woolen spun yarns include De Rerum Natura Cyrano, Brooklyn Tweed Quarry, or or Harrisville Designs Daylights or Nightshades held double.

    Gauge & Recommended Needles


    14 sts and 24 rows = 4” x 4¾” / 11.5 x 12 cm in lace chart, knit flat. 14 sts and 20 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette Stitch, knit flat.


    1 circular needle, 40” or above, in size US9 / 5.5 mm, or size to get gauge.

    You'll also need...

    tapestry needle, 2 stitch markers, and optionally, 7 more markers to mark repeats of lace.

    Skills Required

    • Working back and forth flat.
    • Knitting lace with decreases and yarnovers in repeats, from a written or charted pattern.
    • Working increases and/or "in pattern" during stitch pattern elements.

    Accessibility and Pattern Formats

    • Large format pattern file included, with 22 pt font, black text on white background, and no italic formatting text.
    • All images in large format pattern have alt text.
    • Header structure for screen readers is tagged in the large format pattern only.
    • All charts have written alternative.

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    Pattern Credits

    • Tech Edit: Heather Storta
    • Photos: Roy and Aimee Sher
    • Sites Support: Symphony Chau