Mehndi (or also Mehandi) is the term for the artistic ornamental body painting done with henna, originating from Northwest India, today's Pakistan. It is used for cosmetic and ritual purposes and has been known since ancient times.

Inspired by these henna tattoos', the knitting pattern flows from the cast-on to the edge.

The heart-shaped shawl is knitted from the top down. Starting with a few stitches, the playful pattern makes it easy to knit and at the same time versatile. At the end, the border is knitted sideways.

The pattern provides charted and written instructions.

I used a solid colour to best show the pattern.

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MATERIAL

YARN

Colori Naturali Calypso (75% Blue Faced Leicester, 25% Mid Brown Masham; 400 m / 445 yards per 100 g)
• 2 skeins in Ruggine

170 g / 680 m / 744 yards used for the sample

 

Mehndi is a collaboration with Colori Naturali.

KNITTING NEEDLES

4.0 mm / US #6 circular needle (80 cm / 32” in length), or size to obtain gauge

GAUGE

23 sts x 36 rows = 10 cm / 4” in stocking stitch, after blocking

NOTIONS

  • 4 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle

MISCELLANEOUS

HELPFUL LINKS

How to work Judy's Magic cast-on
https://donnarossa.ch/how-to-knit-judys-magic-cast-on/

How to knit cables without a cable needle
https://donnarossa.ch/how-to-knit-cables-without-a-cable-needle/

How to knit the cable cast-on
https://donnarossa.ch/how-to-work-the-cable-cast-on/

How to block
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SKILLS REQUIRED

  • knit and purl
  • increases and decreases
  • cables
  • lace

The pattern comes in written and charted instructions.

SIZES

one size

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

A - width: 158 cm / 62.25”
B - border width: 8-10 cm / 3-4”
C - depth: 52 cm / 20.5”

Mehndi knitting pattern schematic

TECH EDITOR

James Bartley

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