This shawl was inspired by a photograph of my friend’s beautiful Gazania flowers. There is something so pleasing about seeing a striking flower in its glory, with vivid colours catching the eye and perfect patterned symmetry to each petal.
Gazania is a top-down crescent shawl designed with two contrasting colours. The main body is knitted in smooth, relaxing stockinette and then you start to grow the flowers row-by-row. Once the flowers are in full bloom, the contrast colour takes the lead to create a lacy leaf pattern along the border of the shawl.
The end result is a large, cozy shawl that encompasses the beauty and sanctuary of a peaceful summer garden.
Video tutorials are linked for all of the stitches used. There is also a handy stitch count checklist provided.
Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, kyok, yo, knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, sl2tog-k1-p2sso
Sizes – One size
Measurements – The finished, blocked shawl has a wingspan of 63” (160cm) and a depth of 18.5” (47cm)
- Yarn A - 440yd / 400m, 3.5 oz / 100g 4ply yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits Peristera 4ply yarn, 55% Bluefaced Leicester wool / 45% Silk in the Merlot colourway
- Yarn B - 440yd / 400m, 3.5 oz / 100g 4ply yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits Peristera 4ply yarn, 55% Bluefaced Leicester wool / 45% Silk in Snow (Undyed)
- US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
- A tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
Gauge: 23 stitches and 32 rows to 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking
Kits are available for the Gazania shawl and when you buy the kit you get the pattern for free!
Kits come with 2 skeins of Peristera 4ply Yarn, a sumptious mix of Bluefaced Leicester wool and silk. Choose from 3 different main colours, Merlot (as per the sample), Royal Blue or Purple Velvet.
Kits are presented in organza bags and you can add a needle if you wish - they make great gifts too!
The pattern has been professionally tech edited by James Bartley and was tested by Sabina, Donna, Jacqueline, Pat, Holly and Fabiana - thank you!
And here is what they had to say about this pattern:
"The gazania shawl is a great addition to your wardrobe , the lace leaf edging makes the shawl feel very delicate the colourwork keeps it bang on trend . A pleasure to knit with a great end result . Jemma from Under the olive tree knits produces stunning patterns that are great to knit and stylish, have never been disappointed with any of the patterns I’ve worked on" – Jacqueline
"Once again Jem has written an amazing pattern. The pattern is very clear and easy to follow. End result is just stunning" – Donna
“This is such a beautiful and versatile shawl – I just know I’m going to be wearing it all summer!” - Sabina
"Really beautiful and satisfying knit" – Holly
The release of this shawl pattern also introduces a brand new yarn base to the Under the Olive Tree Knits shop. You may have seen or even knit with the Peristera Lace yarn (as used in the Featherfall shawl) Well, this is the 4ply version of that same yarn. With a base of 55% Bluefaced Leicester / 45% Silk it is an absolute dream to knit with!
The yarn base has also been added as an option for all of the Custom Dye colours so you can order one in any colour you like! Each 100g skein has 400m.