Pyropa : - First Fall 2016


Pyropa lace shawl pattern, a free knitting pattern from Free knitting pattern for a simple but elegant lace shawl, designed to work perfectly with gradient yarn.



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I used to think that garnets came only in deep red color, until a few years ago when I visited the Garnet Museum in Prague. I was surprised to discover that garnets exist in a wide range of brilliant colors – from yellow oranges and bright reds all the way to deep red purples.

When I first saw this amazing gradient yarn from Vice Yarns, I was reminded not only of autumn foliage, but also of the incredible range of garnet colors. I used this inspiration to interpret the gemstone facets as a lace pattern with clean, geometric shapes. And, in keeping with its unfussy lines, I used the lace pattern to create a triangular shawl with an interesting asymmetric shape.

Pyropa is worked in one piece; it starts at the point and grows to its final size through increases along the edge. Because of the simple construction and easy lace, this shawl can be worked in almost any weight of yarn with just an adjustment in needle size. For a bit of gem-like sparkle, I’ve placed a few beads throughout the shawl, and I added the optional bead placement to the chart if you’d like to do the same.

spacer model: Kim C

spacer photos: Susanna IC

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Length: 83 inches/211cm
Width: 43 inches/109cm


spacer Vice Yarns Blurred Lines [80% Superwash Wool, 20% Nylon; 500yd/457m per 150g skein]; color: Maple Leaf; 1 skein

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer US #8/5mm needles

spacer beads (optional): 100 6/0 4mm or 5/0 4.5mm seed beads
spacer crochet hook 0.75 mm (optional, for placement of beads only)
spacer yarn needle
spacer blocking pins


18 sts / 24 rows = 4 inches in St st, blocked.
Correct gauge is not critical for this project, but your final measurements and yardage requirements may vary if your gauge is different.


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

The shawl can easily be resized to accommodate more or less yarn: just end after Row 22 of any repeat of Chart B.

B: Place bead. The beads are placed using a slender steel crochet hook. To place a bead on a stitch, insert the hook through the hole in the bead and slide the bead up onto the hook. Pick the stitch off the needle with the hook and slide the bead down onto the stitch. Slip the stitch back to left needle and purl it.




CO 4 sts.
Knit 1 row.
Work chart A once. 17 sts when chart A complete.
Work chart B (rows 1 -22) total of 12 times, incorporating an additional pattern repeat every time you start again at row 1.
BO as follows: *K2tog, k1, return sts to left needle, rep from * to end.


Weave in all loose ends and block. When completely dry, remove pins and trim all yarn tails.


designername After nine years in Europe, Susanna IC now lives deep in the heart of Texas with her husband, two sons, one guinea pig and countless balls of yarn.

Besides a background in fashion design, she has a Master’s degree in art history and a Bachelor’s in studio arts, all of which continue to inspire her knitting. Her projects and designs can be found on Ravelry, user name zuzusus, and at

Pattern & images © 2016 Susanna IC. Contact Susannah