Sagittaria Shawl

Here is my Sagittaria Shawl pattern translated into English. My native language isn't English, and therefore the translation might be far from flawless and it probably isn't grammatically correct either. :D If you have any questions or comments concerning the directions or translation please leave a comment to this post or contact me by email sisainen.villapaita (a) netti.fi. This pattern is also available as a downloadable PDF file.

Have fun knitting the shawl!

The shawl is named after the arrowhead pattern in the shawl edging. The triangular shape also reminds me of an archer drawing back the bow. Sagittarius is originally a Latin word meaning “armed with a bow and arrow”. Sagittarius is also an astrological sign. In Latin the word ending –us is usually masculine and a word ending –a is feminine. Therefore, Sagittaria is a woman armed with a bow and arrow, a female archer. When you are wearing this shawl you are carrying a bow and arrows with you.

Sagittaria is also a genus of water plants, including e.g. arrowheads.

Yarn: the brown shawl is made of Novita Wool (100 % merino wool, 50 g = 135 m), approx. 160 g. The green shawl is made of approx. 150 grams of Drops Alpaca ( 100 % alpaca wool, 50 g = 180 m). You can knit the shawl from virtually any yarn: the thinner the yarn the lighter the shawl and the smaller the pattern.

Needles: Pick about two sizes (2 mm) bigger needles than recommended to the yarn. The size of the needles depends on how tight or loose you knit: my knitting style is quite average, and with the brown shawl I chose 5,5 mm needles when the recommendation is 3,5 mm.

Other equipment: 4 stitch markers, and a tapestry needle to weave in the yarn ends.

Finished Measurements
The size of the brown shawl is 200 cm x 90 cm, the green shawl is 200 cm x 100 cm. The size can be easily adjusted by knitting less or more of rows 1-12 of chart 2.

Pattern Notes
The charts include both right side and wrong side rows: The odd rows are knitted on the RS, and then you read the chart from right to left. The WS rows, the even rows, are knitted from left to right on the charts. Note that in chart two the pattern continues also on the WS! To get larger, more readeble images of the charts move the mouse pointer on the images and click the mouse.

Cast on loosely 9 sts with the style you prefer. For example, in Flower Basket Shawl designed by Evelyn A. Clarke the stitches are casted on as follows: With contrasting waste yarn and crochet hook, ch 4. With 2 strands of yarn held tog, pick up and knit 2 sts in the bumps on the back side of the center 2 ch—2 sts. Knit 8 rows. Next row: K2, pick up and knit 1 st in each of the 5 garter ridges along selvedge edge of piece, unzip waste yarn chainto expose 2 sts at base of piece, place these 2 sts onto left needle, k2—9 sts total. Knit once rows 1-10 of chart 1.

Start knitting chart 2. This is the central pattern of the scarf. In the brown shawl in the pictures the rows 1-12 of chart 2 have been repeated 7 times while in the green shawl the chart has been repeated 10 times. The size of the shawl can easily be adjusted by repeating chart 2 fewer or more times. The main thing is, that you knit all the rows of chart 2 before starting chart 3, so that the last row knitted before chart 3 is row 12.

When you have repeated chart 2 enough start chart 3. Knit rows 1-12 once and begin knitting chart 4.

Knit rows 1-14 of chart 4 once and continue by knitting the last chart, chart 5.

Knit rows 1-10 of chart 5 once, and on the last row (row 10, WS) cast off sts loosely. Break yarn, but leave a long tail just in case you would have to cast off sts more loosely after blocking.

Soak the shawl in water for about 15-20 minutes. Wrap the shawl into towel and gently press it to remove excess water. Lay the shawl flat and block it into shape. Let the shawl dry thoroughly, weave in ends of tails.

A few more pictures of the shawl are available here and here.

20 kommenttia:

  1. Wow, thank you so much for the pattern and the translation! I've been coming back to your blog since Cookie linked to your Soderas, and I love your knitting and style.

    Nora (blogless)

  2. I just found your site, thank you so much for this pattern, it is modern and beautiful, am starting it immediately!...Marilyn

  3. This is a beautiful shawl! I will be making it for sure as soon as my needles are free. Thanks for the pattern!

  4. Thanks for your ind comments, glad you all like the pattern! :)

  5. What a lovely shawl - as a sagittarian - I am especially drawn to it. Thank you for the lovely pattern!

  6. Your pattern is so beautiful! I want to try it soon. I have a couple of questions, though;

    What weight (like worsted, dk, lace, etc.) is the yarn you used and how many grams did you need?

    My email is on my blog, if you need it. Thanks in advance; I really want to make that shawl.

    Great job and thanks for sharing such a gorgeous pattern!

  7. AR, you can find yarn information from "Materials" part of the pattern, but I'll copy the information here for you just in case:

    "Yarn: the brown shawl is made of Novita Wool (100 % merino wool, 50 g = 135 m), approx. 160 g. The green shwal is made of Drops Alpaca ( 100 % alpaca wool, 50 g = 180 m). You can knit the shawl from virtually any yarn: the thinner the yarn the lighter the shawl and the smaller the pattern."

    Both yarns are fingering weight (I think). The green version made with Drops Alpaca took about 150 grams of yarn.

    Hope you enjoy knitting the shawl!

  8. Your shawl is SO beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. I am going to begin knitting one myself.
    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing wonderful pattern with all of the knitters in the world. You have made the world a more beautiful place!

  9. Thanks for the info. I've been knitting your pattern, and I love it! =) Thanks again for sharing something so beautiful!

  10. Ai kun on ihana huivi.
    I'm going to make it with my new alpaca/silk yarn.
    Thanks for the pattern.

  11. Fabulous! I'm adding this to my 'to do' list. When I get up the courage to do this (never knitted lace before) I'll send you photos!

    Thanks for posting this pattern and your Sodera Socks pattern!


  12. Thank you for the shawl pattern. The shawl and your English are both beautiful!

  13. How do the 9 CO stitches correspond to chart 1? I'm new to lace, can you tell?!
    Fantastic pattern

  14. This shawl is beautiful! It'll definitely be the next thing I knit - I already ordered the yarn. Also, you've inspired me to try new yarns, not just the same old Novita yarns.

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  16. Your English is great and the pattern is beautiful! However, I've never made a shawl before and I don't understand the cast-on! And the charts! (When there is no stitch- what do I do?)

    I don't know if I'm capable of this shawl just yet, but I'm yearning to make it one day. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

  17. Hallo. I realize this post is about three years old now, but I found a link to this pattern today and just about died. How unbelievably gorgeous!

    I've followed your instructions, and gotten through chart 2 once, and now I don't know what to do. How do I continue on with 7 or 10 iterations of chart 2 if the end of chart 2 doesn't match up with the beginning?

    I realize that this is probably total dumbness on my part, but I would love to continue on this project, and any insight you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  18. Ui that shawl looks really nice! Thanks for the patterns!