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Birds on My Shoulders - PDF knitting pattern

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The shawl features an original bold graphic pattern inspired by Peruvian textiles, created specially for this design.

The shawl is knitted from bottom up in mosaic garter stitch. Mosaic knitting is an easy way to create striking colourwork. Mosaic knitting is perfect for beginners who are attempting colourwork for the first time. Just knit and slip stitches, one colour at time. There are ZERO purl stitches needed. Directions are given how to work mosaic from the chart. The pattern is fully charted.

The shawl can be worked in one main colour, or up to five different main colours for the background and one contrasting colour for patterning. The Main Colour can be solid, speckled or slightly variegated, as long there is good contrast with the Contrasting Colour.

The pattern has been tech edited and test knitted.

Light fingering. 100 g / 3.53 oz = 420 m / 459 yards

Approximate amounts:
MC 130 – 140 g / 4.6 – 4.9 oz
CC 100 – 110 g / 3.5 – 3.9 oz

3.5 mm / US 4


• 4 Stitch markers,
in two different colours, 2 + 2
• Tapestry needle
• Blocking wires (recommended)


175 x 80 cm / 69” x 31.5”


24 stitches x 48 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” in mosaic pattern after blocking.
Gauge is not crucial to this project but will affect the size and the amount of yarn used.


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You will get a PDF (3MB) file