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Sempervivum Shawl Pattern

By: Christine Guest from
Sempervivum Shawl Pattern
Sempervivum Shawl Pattern

"Sempervivum are adorable succulents that fill in garden spaces between rocks. They are beautiful all year, even in winter, though their flowers do look like Martian invaders. Hexagons have similar space filling properties. Each motif is made in the round from the center out, cast off, blocked, then mattress stitched to it’s friends. The pattern includes a construction chart showing the order and arrangement of bind off tails, which are then hid in the seams. You still have to sew (a lot) but it’s orderly. If you want a different shawl shape, just draw it on hexagonal graph paper, and allow enough yarn; I got 5 hexagons out of each skein. If you make a whole lot of hexagons, you can use the motif for a baby blanket or even an entire couch afghan."


Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials List

  • Brown Sheep Company, Inc. Nature Spun 3-ply sport (100% wool; 184 yards [168 meters]/50 grams): Color 135 Hurricane Seas, 6 balls
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
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This looks amazing. Upon reading the instructions, this is definitely NOT easy. I'd say it is more intermediate level (or higher). You have to knit 30 pieces consistently in order for them to sew together properly. That is not a beginner skill.

Very lovely shawl, with such a unique pattern inspiration.

I was wondering, so I had to look it up but Sempervivum are adorable little succulents that fill in garden spaces between rocks and they are beautiful all year. The hexagonal motifs can be arranged into various shawl configurations. In different colors they can be stash busters, the center out construction means that gradients do fun things.


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