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Trick of the Light

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Trick of the Light is a play on bright and dark, light and shadow, contrasts and opposites.

This crescent-shaped shawl is knit in three colors of fingering-weight yarn. Choose colors with a good amount of contrast, such as two light and one dark, or vice versa. Pick neutrals with one color pop for an edgy, graphic shawl or three colors in the same color family for a tonal look. Add a little twinkle to your shawl with (optional) beads!

The pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Instructions for the lace pattern is given in both written and charted formats. The rest of the pattern — garter stitch, stripes, and bobbles — is given only as written instructions.

This shawl was originally released as the Spring 2020 mystery knitalong from talvi knits.

Share your project with the hashtags #trickofthelightmkal and #talviknits.


  • Wingspan: approx. 195 cm / 77”
  • Depth: approx. 60 cm / 23½”



GarnStories Merino Singles (100% superwash merino, 366 m/100 g, 400 yd/3.53 oz), 3 colors
  • Color A: After Dark, 1 skein
  • Color B: Chain, 1 skein
  • Color C: Pesto, 1 skein
Or fingering-weight yarn, 3 colors
  • Color A: approx. 365 m / 400 yd
  • Color B: approx. 345 m / 380 yd
  • Color C: approx. 365 m / 400 yd
Choose colors with a good amount of contrast between Colors A and B/C (for example a dark A with light B and C, or vice versa). Color A can be pretty much anything: solid, semi-solid, tonal, speckled, gradient, or even variegated. Solid, semi-solid, tonal, or subtly speckled colors are recommended for Colors B and C.


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


  • 3.5 mm / US E/4 crochet hook and spare yarn for provisional cast-on (optional)
  • Spare needle for provisional cast-on (optional)
  • 1 removable stitch marker (optional)
  • Darning needle


  • 45 + 121 size 8/0 seed beads, 166 beads total (optional)
  • Your beads can all be the same color, two sets of different colors, or you can leave out the beads entirely.
Depending on how much you want the beads to stand out, choose beads that either match or contrast with Color B (45 beads) and Color C (121 beads).


19 sts × 34 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch, blocked


You will get the following files:
  • PDF (759KB)
  • PDF (825KB)

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