ISSEY shawl

This pleated design is a long-anticipated project I dreamed of bringing to life ever since designing the ISSEY scarf a decade ago. The crisp lines of this architectural fabric easily transform into a wondrous piece of wearable art that adapts with your movement, allowing the wearer to enjoy the fluidity and warmth of the bouncy pleats. Striking angles are enhanced visually with the gradual color transitions throughout to allure any curious eye.


(flat, blocked)
Length (from longest tip to another) approx. 72” / 183 cm
Width (pleated) approx. 15” / 38 cm
Width (open) approx. 25” / 63.5 cm


La Bien Aimée “Twist Nouveau” (100% non-superwash merino wool); 437 yds / 400 m per 100g / 3.4 oz;
original shawl sample weight 552 g
Color A – “Mist” – 1 skein.
Color B – “Payne’s Grey” – 2 skeins.
Color C – “Fog” – 2 skeins.
Color D – “Alcide Herveaux” – 1 skein.
If using original yarns, use colors C or D for swatching.
OR use 483 yds / 442 m for color A, 925 yds / 846 m for color B, 946 yds / 865 m m for color C, 512 yds / 469 m for color D of any other heavy fingering weight yarn with similar properties


US 3 (3.25 mm) circular, 24” / 61 cm or longer
OR use size to obtain gauge


40 sts and 40 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Pleated Stitch pattern measured flat once dry after washing and blocking
25 sts and 40 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in St st pattern measured flat once dry after washing and blocking *(given just to achieve right size needle)*