Yvonne MT

There’s no lie in her fire  *

Each year I try to expand upon one of my favorite techniques, mosaic knitting, by designing what I call a ‘Grand Mosaic’ shawl. Yvonne MT, with its eye-catching diamonds and arrows, suits my grand criteria perfectly.

This shawl is especially close to my heart, not only because I used a novel technique, but also because it was a joint venture with my mom, Yvonne Maria Theresia.

The three colored version uses a technique I call ‘Intarsia light’, which is carefully explained in the pattern. If you prefer not to use the technique, the two colored shawl my mom created, proves that Yvonne MT doesn’t necessarily need that third color to stand out from the crowd.

Yvonne MT is a sideways constructed triangle. You will start with a few stitches, and work increases to shape the shawl.
The three color version is worked using a technique I call ‘Intarsia light’. This means you will start a RS row with color 1 for the inner triangle of the shawl and change it to color 2 for the mosaic pattern. The consecutive WS row you will start with color 2 for the mosaic pattern and change it to color 1 for the inner triangle. The next two rows you will use color 3 only.

You can also choose to work the shawl in two colors, without introducing a third color for the inner triangle of the shawl. Please refer to the pictures for an example of the three- and the two-colored version.

One size
Wingspan 190 cm / 74.75”.
Length of left border 85 cm / 33.5”.

Fingering weight yarn with some elasticity and bounce (wool or a wool blend).

Three colors
MC1 approx 575 m / 630 yards.
MC2 approx 350 m / 380 yards.
CC approx 275 m / 300 yards.

Two colors
MC1 approx 575 m / 630 yards.
MC2 approx 575 m / 630 yards.

Samples shown in
Three colors: Jamieson’s of Shetland, Shetland Spindrift, 100% wool, 105 m / 115 yards per 25 gr.
Colorways: MC1; Spindrift 240 Yell Sound Bue, MC2; Spindrift 114 Mooskit / White, CC; Spindrift 226 Thyme.
Two colors: Biches & Bûches, Le Petit Lambswool, 100% wool, 248 m / 271 yards per 50 gr.
Colorways: MC1; Dark blue green, MC2; Green pink turquoise.

Needle A (for the shawl body)
One 100 cm / 40” (or longer) circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed.
Suggested needle size: 3.5 mm / US #4.
Needle B (for the I-cord bind off)
One straight or circular needle.
Suggested needle size: 4 mm / US #6.

Measured after blocking.
Mosaic pattern on Needle A: 24 sts x 46 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4”.

The mosaic colorwork is CHARTED ONLY.

* Charles Bukowski