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.
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.
4.0 mm / US #6 circular needle (80 cm / 32” in length), or size to obtain gauge
23 sts x 36 rows = 10 cm / 4” in stocking stitch, after blocking
- 4 stitch markers
- tapestry needle
How to work Judy's Magic cast-on
How to knit cables without a cable needle
How to knit the cable cast-on
How to block
- knit and purl
- increases and decreases
The pattern comes in written and charted instructions.