Maid Marion Shawl

A multiple picture of Main Marion Shawl, showing Three and Four colour versions in full, a small close up edge section and the single colour version being worn.
Photo © Sue Finch

This design was originally published in Knit Now Issue 89 (June 2018) as the three colour version.

A circular shawl based on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Pi shawl construction, worked from the centre out and beginning with Emily Ocker’s Circular Cast-on (an almost invisible crochet cast-on).

This circular shawl was inspired by flowers, especially roses, with the multi-coloured versions reflecting those that change colour as they open. I loved the idea of keeping the proportions of the petals the same as they grew, with more details appearing each time. 

This pattern is both charted and fully written and includes 3 different versions of colourways with 1, 3 or 4 colours used.

Suggested Yarns:
Single Colour Version: Any lace weight yarn (800m/100g), 2 skeins

Three Colour Version: Jamieson’s Ultra (50% Lambswool, 50% Shetland, 194m/25g), Yarn A: 1 ball, Clematis 339, Yarn B: 2 balls, Candyfloss 553, Yarn C: 6 balls, Frosted Grape 565

Four Colour Version: John Arbon Textiles Knit by Numbers 4ply (100% merino wool, 100m/25g or 400m/100g), Yarn A: 1 mini skein (25g), KBN76, Yarn B: 1 mini skein (25g), KBN77, Yarn C: 1 skein (100g), KBN78, Yarn D: 3 skeins (300g), KBN79

3.5mm (US 4) crochet hook
4.5mm (US 7) DPNS 15cm set of 4
4.5mm (US 7) circular in following lengths: 40cm, 80cm, 120cm
5mm (US 8) straight for cast-off (only 1 needle required in this size)

Tension: 10cm = 17sts x 28rnds measured over centre of Chart 4 after blocking (tension is not critical as long as an open draping fabric is produced)

Notions: 6 Stitch markers, including 1 contrasting to mark beg of rnd

One Size: 168cm diameter circle

Language: English