by Eimear Earley
Taispeántais (‘tas PAWN tas’, meaning exhibition, show or display in Irish) is a triangular shawl, worked in garter stitch stripes, and featuring a cable motif. The pattern begins by casting on just a few stitches and increasing as you work. The shawl is worked in single-row stripes of garter stitch, achieved by working two right side rows (one in each colour) before turning the shawl and working two wrong side rows (again, one in each colour).
Taispeantais features a cable pattern, inspired by Kiki Smith’s sculpture ‘Peacock’, which I first saw as an impressionable and easily embarrassed 15 year old!
The cables are worked in colour 1 only, and the cable stitches are slipped when working rows in colour 2. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the cable motif.
Pattern image (c) Playing with fibre