The Wave Drift Shawl is inspired by surface water on a lake. The textured zigzag pattern represents the ripples or little waves that can ruffle an otherwise smooth lake surface as a gentle breeze blows. The shawl design aims to capture the drift of the waves along with the stillness and serenity of a peaceful lake. The triangular top-down shawl shape adds a directional element to the design. The diagonal lines of textured waves stretch from the outer shawl edges and meet at the shawl centre. The shawl begins with a garter-stitch tab and then grows downwards from the top centre by four stitches being increased on every right-side row. The centre spine and outer edges contain a textured twisted-rope-and-eyelet stitch pattern.


Emma Vining is a hand-knitting designer with a passion for all aspects of knitting and design. Her knitting patterns regularly feature in The Knitter, The Knitter Deutschland and Knitting magazines. She is the author of A Knitter’s Sketchbook, Design Inspiration for Twists and Cables, published by The Crowood Press.



Irish Artisan Yarn (IAY) Hand-Dyed Merino/ Bamboo/Silk 4Ply (65% Superwash Merino, 20% Bamboo, 15% Silk, 350m/383yd per 100g skein)

Shade Dublin; 2 × 100g skeins

Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.


The Wave Drift Shawl - Knitting Pattern

  • All our yarn is hand dyed in Northern Ireland. As each skein is hand painted there will be variations between each skein even in the same dye batch. It is recommend that when making a larger project you alternate skeins to avoid pooling.