Downloadable PDF knitting pattern for Taispeántais Shawl.
Taispeántais (‘tas PAWN tas’, meaning exhibition, show or display in Irish) is a triangular shawl, worked in garter stitch stripes, and featuring a cable motif. The pattern begins by casting on just a few stitches and increasing as you work. The shawl is worked in single-row stripes of garter stitch, achieved by working two right side rows (one in each colour) before turning the shawl and working two wrong side rows (again, one in each colour).
Taispeantais features a cable pattern, inspired by Kiki Smith’s sculpture ‘Peacock’, which I first saw as an impressionable and easily embarrassed 15 year old!
The cables are worked in colour 1 only, and the cable stitches are slipped when working rows in colour 2. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the cable motif.
Notes for printing
Your pattern purchase will include 3 versions of the pattern: one with all the information, one with charted instructions only for the cable motif, and one with written instructions only for the cable motif.
This will allow you to print only what you need, or avoid scrolling through extra pages if using a digital reading device.
The pattern purchase also includes a separate tutorial for making the optional tassels if needed.
This pattern has been tech-edited.
One size: Wingspan 146 cm / 57.7” Depth 71 cm /28”
Cast off edge: 116cm / 45.5”
Fingering / 4ply weight yarn in two colours, 400 m / 440 yards in each.
Yarn estimates include a 10% allowance to allow for swatching, lower weight skeins, or very slight gauge differences.
Sample uses Townhouse Yarns Olla No 2 (100% wool, woollen spun, 2 plied, 410 m / 448 yards per 100g skein).
Col 1 Myrtle, one skein
Col 2 Bad Girl RiRi, one skein
20 sts and 46 rows per 10 cm / 4” in two colour garter stitch. Cable measures 7cm across at widest point.
Differences in gauge will affect yarn usage and finished size.
3.5mm circular or size needed to achieve gauge; 80cm / 32” or 100 cm / 40” long. The pattern needs a circular needle to allow for working two right side rows, followed by two wrong side rows at a time.
Darning needle, for weaving in ends.
(optional) Scissors and card for tassels.
This is a purchase of a knitting pattern to make the pictured hand knit item, not the item itself.