Amulet was inspired by the mystical beauty of an ancient Egyptian carving of a powerful scarab beetle with wings outstretched to provide shelter and protection from harm. The elongated triangle shape of this shawl recalls the scarab’s wings, which are also echoed in the graphically striking rib section. The most important characteristic of any amulet is the power ascribed to it by its owner, and I have tried to infuse this design with some of that energy and intention. The sacred significance of handmade objects is something that every knitter knows. Made for yourself, it is an eloquent act of self-care. When knit for a loved one, it is a compelling symbol of comfort and love.
Featuring lace, eyelets, and optional beading (for a little extra magic), the Amulet shawl pattern
offers two sizes, medium and large. With plenty of intriguing details to keep you interested, this is an
exciting knit that is also well within the reach of courageous new shawl knitters. It can be knit in one, two, or even more colours, making it an excellent project for stash busting.
This pattern is written in the Curious Handmade Percentage Checklist style™
Charts are provided for the lace sections, along with line-by-line instructions.
152cm (60”) diameter across top edge
51cm (20”) neck to bottom edge
178cm (70”) diameter across top edge
66cm (26”) neck to bottom edge
Seven Sisters Arts Matrika 80% superwash merino, 20% silk, 365m/400yds per 100g skein, 2 x 100g skeins,
Main Colour: Damselfly
Contrast Colour: Nickel
Approximately 160g of fingering or sock weight yarn totaling approximately 585m/640yds.
If knitting the medium in two colours you will need approximately 80g of each colour
MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light 100% Merino, 384m/420yds per 100g skein, 2 x 100g skeins,
Colour: Sand Dune
Approximately 200g of fingering yarn totaling approximately 768m/840yds
If knitting the large in two colours you will need one whole 100g skein of each colour
4mm (US 6), 100cm (40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)
1 Stitch marker
If using beads (optional)
US Steel Size 12/1.0mm Crochet hook (or hook small enough to fit through holes in beads)
Approx. 480 beads / 40g size 6 seed beads (beads used in sample are Miyuki beads)
Approx. 600 beads / 50g size 6 seed beads
Correct bead counts for the large size are:
Row 131-47 beads
Row 139-49 beads
Row 149-51 beads
(count was out by one – only affects number of beads needed per row – directions are correct)