koi in the pond

Koi in the Pond - A knit shawl in turquoise, orange, and variegated yarn. Shown from the front on a mannequin against a white background.

The yarn, used in this shawl, reminds me of koi carp swimming in water in which the surface is rippling in the wind. Hence, the name “Koi in the Pond”. This design is knit sideways on the bias, making a shallow and asymmetrical triangle, perfect for wearing as an elegant scarf. The combination of garter stitch in a variegated hand-dyed yarn and simple lace makes it a perfect choice to get the best of both worlds.

The instructions for the patterning are, of course, both charted and fully written out.

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Difficulty level

This asymmetric shawl is knit sideways, starting with a small number of stitches. Every 2 rows, the stitch count is increased by 1 stitch. Stitches used include knit, purl, yo, k2tog, skp, kfb, m1, a centered double decrease, a 7 into 9 gathered stitch, a 9 into 1 increase and a 5 to 1 decrease. This pattern is therefor suitable for the intermediate knitter.

Sizes and finished measurements

Finished dimensions of the sample shawl: 207 cm (81 ½ inches) along the upper edge and a depth of 69 cm (27 ¼ inches), measured after blocking.

The Koi in the Pond shawl can be made larger by adding more repeats of the garter stitch and/or by working more repeats in the lace section. This will, of course, increase the amount of yarn needed.

Pattern details

  • Gauge: Approx. 15 sts / 22 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) over garter stitch, measured after blocking. Gauge is however not critical for this design but should give you a fabric that you like with the yarn used.
  • Pattern languages included: English.
  • Digital PDF has 6 pages (letter size)


C1: 1 skein Mina Dyeworks Socksanity (75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 420 m (459 yds) / 100 g) in “Turquoise and Brown”.
C2: 168 m (184 yds) / 40 g Alize Superwash Artisan (75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 420 m (459 yds) / 100 g) in 336 “Orange”.
C3: 147 m (161 yds) / 35 g Alize Superwash Artisan (75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 420 m (459 yds) / 100 g) in 9012 “Variegated”.

Substitute any variegated fingering weight yarn for C1 and any solid or tonal colored fingering weight yarn for C2 and C3 for a similar result.

Please note that C2 and C3 were alternated in the sample shawl to achieve the desired color. A total of 315 m (344 yds) / 75 g of a single contrast color can be used instead if desired.


  • Size 4 mm (US 6) / 80 cm (32 inches) circular needles were used for the sample shawl.
  • Removable stitch marker to denote the RS of the shawl (optional)
  • Stitch markers to indicate repeats of the lace patterning (optional)
  • Yarn needle