Mareel combines elements from two of my favourite basic shawl concepts: Elizabeth Zimmermann's elegant Pi shawl and a classic Shetland Hap.

The centre is worked as a half pi shawl, from which the striped feather and fan border continues with shaping worked into the feather and fan pattern. The edging is knit sideways onto the live border stitches. It’s the perfect size to wrap around your shoulders as a sneaky blanket, or to wrap up a newborn. Perhaps because of that both the design and colours ended up infused with nostalgia for my 1980s Scottish childhood, full of Shetland inspired hand knitting and hand me downs in decidedly 70s colours.


Skills for knitting this project

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  • knitting, purling
  • casting on, binding off
  • picking up stitches
  • working flat
  • lace (using a chart or written directions)
  • k2tog decreases
  • ssk decreases


18 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch


One size available.

Approximate finished length at top: 60” / 153cm
Approximate finished depth: 22” / 59cm



Sport weight wool or wool blend yarn.
Shown in De Rerum Natura Ulysse (100% merino, 202 yds / 185m, 50g)

Needles and notions

US 7 / 3.75mm 32" / 80cm circular


C1 – Poivre, 202yds / 185m C2 – Quartz, 165yds / 150m C3 – Potimarron, 70yds / 60m C4 – Ciel, 90yds / 80m C5 – Genet, 80yds / 70m C6 – Poivre Blanc, 140yds / 130m

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