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Squaring of the Circle

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Squaring of the Circle is the latest pattern in my brioche illusion series.
This shawl shows an illusion that I find especially intriguing: circles that morphes into squares, i.e. the squaring of the circle, a thing that sounds almost magical.
This big stole is worked on the bias with stripes of illusion pattern alternated with relaxing areas of simple garter stitch that are worked in a laceweight yarn. The contrast between the cozy and colorful brioche and the translucent and super lightweight garter stitch makes this shawl unique and also very fun to knit!

Finished size: 235 (185) cm length and 45 cm width. (92.5 (70.75)” length and 13.75” width).


MC: Rowan Fine Lace (80% Suri alpaca, 20% Merino wool; 436 yds [400 m]/50 g); col. 944 white, approx 800 m for the biggest size.
LC: Chiaroscuro Lab Nyad (75% Merino, 25% Silk; 361 yards [330 m]/100 gr), col. Tallgaze, approx 300 m.
DC: Malabrigo Sock (100% Merino; 440 yards [402 m]/100 g), col. Sabiduria, approx 400 m.


One 80 cm / 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge.
Suggested needle size: 3.5-4 mm / 4-6 US.


8 markers.
Tapestry needle to weave in ends.


17 stitches and 30 rows = 10x10 cm (4”) in garter stitch using the lace yarn.
Note: Gauge is not critical for this project, but may affect final size and yardage used.
You will get the following files:
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  • PDF (12MB)

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