Jamjali Shawl

a garter stitch bonanza



Jamjali means ‘dragonfly’ in Korean. While living in Korea, I took daily walks with my daughter through the rice fields. In the spring, the rice paddies were filled with water, and thousands of dragonflies hovered just above our heads. When we looked up to watch the dragonflies buzzing over us, the sun shone through their wings and created a moving prism of light. This shawl represents the quick wings of those dragonflies.

The Jamjali shawl is knit from the top down using a short row method that involves minimal weaving because the yarn is carried down the center of the shawl on the wrong side. Half of the shawl is knit in garter stitch and the other half is purled in garter stitch. The pattern is designed to be knit in two complementary or contrasting colors. However, for a motivated stash buster, the color options on this shawl are endless, because every stripe could be knit in a new color.

one size

Plucky Knitter Bello (55% Merino & 45% Cashmere / 105g skein) or other fingering weight yarn: 
Main Color : 300 yards
Contrasting Color : 300 yards

Wingspan: 72 inches
Depth: 9.5 inches

2 sets of US 6 (4mm) of 32-inch (80 cm) circular needles (NOTE: If you do not own 2 pairs of US 6 (4mm) 32-inch (80) needles, you can use a piece of scrap yarn or a second set of smaller needles to hold stitches.)

20 stitches & 48 rows = 4 inches in GARTER stitch

stitch marker & tapestry needle

short row knitting & kitchener stitch

adventurous beginner