Adamas Shawl


“Adamas” in Greek means indomitable or untamable. This name was given to diamonds because of their ability to scratch anything, while not being scratched themselves. The diamond motif in this shawl was adapted from the pattern for a bread cloth in Sophia Caulfeild’s Dictionary of Needlework, first published in 1882.

This shawl is worked from the neck down, using yarn overs on each end of each right side row to shape the
“wings” and paired yarn overs in the center of each right side row (separated by a center stitch) to shape
the point down the spine. These 4 increased stitches are added every right side row, making each row
successively longer than the last, so that what started with 5 stitches cast on, ends with hundreds.


Yarn: 700-800 yards of laceweight yarn. Sample is shown in KnitPicks Shadow in the Lost Lake colorway
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5) 24” or 30” circular
Gauge: 4.5 sts and 6 rows per inch square after blocking
Finished Size: 72” across the top and 36” from neck to point with instructions given to make it larger or smaller.
Techniques Used: knit, purl, k2tog, slipping stitches, ssk, sl1 k2tog psso.

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Comments 2

  1. Wendy wrote:

    Miriam, I wanted to tell you that I knit your Adamus Shawl in white for my daughter to wear at her wedding reception. She was so impressed that she decided to wear it down the aisle!!! I was so honored; it turned out so beautiful. Thanks for writing this pattern. I keep a picture of my daughter in the shawl in my wallet.

    Posted 03 Dec 2012 at 8:10 AM
  2. Hollis Ramsey wrote:

    i like your style. we have the same taste in lace 🙂

    Posted 14 Jul 2013 at 3:39 PM

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