Golden Flower Shawl to Knit: A Knitted Shawl Fit for an Empress

Katrina King’s knitted shawl, featured in the September/October 2017 issue of PieceWork, wraps the wearer in regal elegance worthy of an empress. Katrina knitted the shawl with the luxurious Kiku 100% silk, laceweight yarn from Treenway Silks and used a chrysanthemum motif in the design. Here’s Katrina to tell us more about her “Golden Flower Shawl to Knit.”

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Katrina King’s gorgeous knitted shawl, worked in luxurious silk, is a showstopper. Photo by George Boe.

I am a big fan of Chinese film, and Curse of the Golden Flower, written and directed by Zhang Yimou and released in 2006, is a favorite. It’s the story of a royal family in turmoil, fighting over the throne. The emperor wishes for his eldest son, the crown prince, from his first marriage to succeed him. The empress wants her eldest, the second son, to inherit the throne. The empress has been having an affair with the crown prince, which her younger son has knowledge of and hopes to exploit in his own attempt to gain the title. In preparation for an attempt at a military coup by her eldest son during the Chrysanthemum Festival, the Empress sews a chrysanthemum for each of her troops to wear so that they recognize each other. This circular shawl with a chrysanthemum as the main motif is my tribute to this brilliant film and to the lovely chrysanthemum.


In addition to fiber arts, Katrina King is passionate about cake decorating. When not tangled in laceweight yarn or covered in sugar, she can be found teaching at her local yarn shops and conveying her daughters to various activities in Fort Collins, Colorado. Visit to see more of her creations.

Download a copy of in the September/October 2017 issue of PieceWork and cast on Katrina’s knitted shawl, which is fit for royalty. Plus the issue includes five additional projects to embroider, knit, crochet, and felt, such as the stylish Peacock Slippers.

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