African Queen designed by Hélène Marcy

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With this model, French designer Hélène Marcy continues to explore modular knitting, this time from a central square, to which the two wings of the shawl are attached successively, then the borders, all without any seam, but by changing the direction of the work several times. The garter stitch makes it possible to highlight the multi-coloured yarn, and to simply build the geometry of the shawl. You can of course adapt the choice of colours according to your tastes and your wardrobe.

Dimensions after blocking

168 cm wide x 82 cm high at the tip

Sample after blocking

10 cm in garter st = 22 sts x 40 rows


Renaissance Dyeing Merinos d'Arles - 100% Merino - 380m / 100g

  • 1 skein Aconite

  • 1 skein Wild Rose

  • 1 skein African Violets (multicolour)


  • 4 mm circular needle, 80 cm cable for section 1, 100 cm for section 2

  • 1 crochet hook 4,5 mm and a length of wool in a contrasting colour for the provisional cast-on.

  • 4 stitch markers

  • A wool needle.

Stitches used

  • Provisional cast-on using a crochet hook :

  • Garter stitch: knit every row

  • Decreasing and increasing

The kit consists of:

  • A 6 page knitting pattern in English with written instructions and a construction diagram. A link to the pdf of this pattern will be sent to you with your confirmation of purchase e-mail.

  • Renaissance Dyeing Merinos d'Arles wool. 3 x 100g hanks in the following colours :

  • 1 skein Aconite - cochineal overdyed with indigo

  • 1 skein Wild Rose - cochineal

  • 1 skein African Violets (multicolour) cochineal overdyed with indigo

Substitution possible: You can choose any colours you like from our naturally dyed Merinos d'Arles range.

If you would like to change your colours please let us know at the time of your order by emailing us through our contact page, telling us the names or numbers of the colours you would prefer.