Pātiki Shawl knitting pattern
Bring Good Fortune and Abundance Your Way
The main colorwork motif of the Pātiki Shawl, like many of my other colorwork designs, is heavily influenced by traditional Māori tāniko designs, geometric patterning woven onto borders of cloaks and dresses. This geometric formation is called “Pātikitiki”, easily identifiable through the singular diamond as the dominant motif. The Pātikitiki motif is meant to resemble the flounder fish, which used to be a common food source for Māori, also the symbol for “abundance”. So when you wear the Pātiki, good fortune is sure to follow (perhaps an abundance of yarn?).
The Patiki Shawl features mosaic colorwork – a colorwork technique that creates beautiful colorwork designs, while only using a single color per row! In this top-down triangular shawl, you’ll knit in squishy garter stitch, working some simple eyelet stripes into the fabric, and at the end, the mosaic border featuring the Patiki motif. Use your creativity to choose two colors to make your project shine and stand out. Switch out the garter stitch for all-over stockinette, for a different effect. Lengthen the body of the shawl. I always remind my Fibre Muses that even changing one aspect of the design can create something new and unique. So how will you make this design your own?