POW: Hermia’s Shawl

Asymmetrical shawls are amazing garments because you can style them in endless ways, easily dressing them up or down as you wish. Currently my favorite happens to be Hermia’s Shawl by Paula Pereira from Interweave Knits Summer 2017. I believe this sonnet best describes it:

True love may from one glowing ember spring
Twisting like fibers into strength so pure
A dance both elegant and spirited
Sweet balance manifests from needles’ tips
—Sonnet by Steve Koenig

Hermia’s Shawl

Hermia’s Shawl from Interweave Knits Summer 2017

Hermia’s Shawl has a graceful simplicity that begins at one tip and then increases to a wider edge with a lace edging (attached perpendicularly to live stitches). The stitch pattern is stunning and fun to knit. Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light is one of my favorite brands: made of 100% merino, it’s as soft as it is lightweight.

This shawl’s lightness makes it a great three-season layering piece: throw it over a tank top or swimsuit in the summer, drape it over a lovely dress or blouse in the fall, or wear it to add snuggly warmth in the spring.

Hermia’s Shawl

Hermia’s Shawl detail

Pattern Details:

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 38.75″ at tallest point and 79.75″ long.

Yarn Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% merino wool): dustweaver, 3 skeins.

Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): 32″ circular. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers; cable needle; tapestry needle.

Gauge 25 sts and 27 rows = 4″ in charted pattern.


This shawl is worked from side to side, starting at the left tip. After the shawl body is completed, live stitches are left on the needle and bound off by working one stitch from the edging together with one stitch from the body as the lace edging is worked.

Please note there is a correction on a chart. You can find the link to the errata, here https://www.interweave.com/article/knitting/interweave-knits-corrections-2017/.

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Happy Knitting,

Sarah Rothberg
Assistant Editor, Interweave Knits

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