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Paikea Shawl


Product Description

Short Description: This shawl pattern was directly inspired by the legend of Paikea (formerly named Kahutiaterangi), the demigod who rode a whale to Aotearoa - ancestor to the Ngati Porou tribe, living on the east coast of the Northern Island. As a descendant of Paikea and as part of the Ngati Porou iwi, I created this shawl in honor of the Whale Rider legend and as a contribution to the Maori arts. As you work through this top-down crescent shawl, experience the journey of the Whale Rider. Can you see the body of a whale swimming through the blue seas of the Pacific?


  • 24 sts and 48 rows over 4 in./10 cm in garter stitch with US 5 (3.75 mm) and after blocking.
  • Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges will affect yardage and final measurements.

Finished Measurements: Wingspan: 64 in./162.5 cm ; Depth: 13 in./33 cm

Materials Used: 

  • Fingering, single ply; 370 - 480 yd./340 - 440 m; C1: 110 - 150 yd./100 - 137 m; C2: 70 - 95 yd./64 – 87 m
  • Single-ply yarns pill very easily but leave a nice halo effect on the project and work nicely for lace projects.
  • Skudderia Fine Yarns Merino Single (100% Merino Superwash; 400 yd./366 m; 100 g)
  • 1 skein in Wolf (MC), 1 skein in Ozeanien (C1), 1 skein in Mint (C2)

Needle Size: US 5 (3.75 mm) size, or size needed to obtain gauge, 32 in./80 cm circular needle (A long circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches as the shawl grows.)

Pattern Includes: Written instructions

Skill Level: 

Other Details:

Paikea Shawl
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3 unit(s)

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