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Sign of the Sun

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Sign of the Sun was inspired by Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist, a novel of love, marriage, and betrayal in the 17th-century Amsterdam. This shawl is soft and romantic — but the design is modernized with the addition of a bright color and crisp textures.

Sign of the Sun is worked from the top down as a hybrid between a semi-circle and a crescent. Interspersed with sections of stockinette and lace in the main color are sets of elongated stitches worked in a contrasting color.

The pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Both written and charted instructions are provided for the stitch patterns.

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  • Wingspan: approx. 165 cm / 5’5”
  • Depth: approx. 55 cm / 21½”



Shilasdair Luxury 4 ply (40% angora, 40% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% baby camel, 200 m/50 g), 2 colors
  • Main color (MC): 2 skeins in Fleece Cloud
  • Contrasting color (CC): 1 skein in Tansy Gold
Or fingering-weight yarn, 2 colors
  • MC: approx. 400 m / 440 yd
  • CC: approx. 200 m / 220 yd
Look for two contrasting colors to show off the elongated stitches. For a soft, romantic look, choose a yarn with a subtle halo.


  • 3.5 mm / US 4 long (80–100 cm / 32–40”) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)


  • Darning needle


15 sts × 32 rows = 10 cm / 4” in lace pattern, blocked


The pattern uses the following techniques: elongated stitches, lace, and a stretchy bind-off. Ability to work lace from a chart is recommended but written instructions are also provided for the stitch patterns.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (1MB)
  • PDF (1MB)

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