Frida was designed by Tokyo-based knitter Hiroko Fukatsu, one of three Japanese designers that contributed to this installment of Wool People. I admit I have a special place in my heart for Japanese knitting – it's a big source of inspiration in my own work and I've really enjoyed getting to know a few great folks from Japan in the past year who share a deep passion for knitting. Roko submitted this shawl design as a finished sample she had already made and I was so charmed by the unexpected use of loop stitch – a "striped" application I had never seen before on this type of project – that I asked if she'd be willing to see how the shawl worked up in Loft. The result has a fun, funky quality that I think would be fun to style in a variety of ways. Frida has a wider, shallower proportion than your average lace triangle, due to the non-traditional shaping sequence Roko deployed in the design. Bands of lace, stockinette and loop-stitch texture create stripes over the body of the shawl, which is worked from the top down. The scalloped lace edge is worked as a part of the main shawl – no additional edging is needed. Score another one for non-fussy construction! _________ Resources: Frida is available as a PDF download at Brooklyn Tweed or Ravelry. The pattern is knit with Loft yarn, shown here in color Homemade Jam.


  • I love the Japanese designers’ take on knitting. You also see a lot of fabulous work from Japanese quilters. Technically immaculate, and lovely aesthetics.

    Amy on

  • This shawl is awesome. Thanks for the information

    learnhowtoknitascarf on

  • Frida was the first to make my queue! I love those little loops, and it looks great in loft. Thanks for the highlight!

    Meredith on

  • This is so gorgeous! The pointier the edging, the better as far as I am concerned.

    Lolly on

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