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Tre Colori

Tre Colori Shawl

Tre Colori is an simple stockinette shawl knit with three colors of Hikoo Cobasi yarn. It starts with a stockinette tab cast on (same as a garter tab cast on, but purling on the wrong side) and transitions through three shades as it extends to its finished size. Each color change is done with a row of eyelets for added visual interest.

Tre Colori Shawl

I knit Tre Colori earlier this season when Cobasi first arrived in the shop. Cobasi was created as a non-wool sock yarn for people who dislike or are allergic to wool. It’s a blend of cotton, bamboo, and silk with elastic nylon, which has a slightly nubby texture. The knitted fabric is soft, drapes beautifully, and feels cool. I imagine it’ll make great socks, but also, tanks, tops, and hats that are more for sun protection than warmth.

Tre Colori Shawl

Tre Colori is knit with 3 skeins, one in each color. It can easily be made larger by making each section bigger or adding additional sections. Of course, you’d probably need more yarn to do this.

Cobasi comes in a fantastic range of colors. I like to use shades of the same color, but it’s fun to experiment with different combinations. It’s hard to go wrong!


46 inches across top edge x 22 inches center top to point.

Hikoo Cobasi: 3 skeins; Color A, B, and C. Shown in carrot, vavava voom, and really red.
24-inch circular needle, Size #4 or size needed to obtain gauge.

5.5 stitches per inch after blocking

Cast on 3 sts with Color A.

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Rep rows 1 and 2 twice more – 6 rows total.

Pick up 3 stitches along the left hand side of the tab. Pick up 3 stitches from the cast on edge. (9 sts)

Turn your work and purl 1 row.

Set-up Row 1: K3, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k3.

Set-up Row 2: Purl.

Row 1: K3, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k3

Row 2: Purl.

Rep rows 1 and 2 thirty times.

Cut Color A, join Color B.

Color Change Row: K3, sm, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to marker, yo, k3.

Work Row 2.

Rep rows 1 and 2 twenty-four times.

Cut Color B, join Color C.

Rep Color Change Row.
Work Row 2.

Rep rows 1 and 2 ten times.

Border Row 1: K3, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k3

Border Row 2: Knit.

Rep border rows 1 and 2 two more times.

Bind off loosely. Weave in ends and block.

9 thoughts on “Tre Colori

  1. Thanks for a great pattern. So many options of color choice. I might have to make a few!!!

  2. Love the Cobasi colors!

  3. Yes, the palette is wonderful. And it feels great too!

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  6. Beautiful shawl – I love your color choices. I just knit a shawl using CoBaSi and am having some trouble with the blocking. Any tips you can share? Mine shrinks back after wet blocking and I’m wondering if this yarn requires steam?

  7. Thank you, Martha! It’s been a while since I blocked it, but I don’t remember it shrinking. Give steam a try, it might work and I don’t think it will hurt. Let me know if you see a difference. Thanks!

  8. Hi Craig. I am at the “border row” on the pattern. To me, the border row looks just like “Rows 1 and 2” with a knit, rather than a purl. But when I look at the photos, I see the holes that resemble the yarn-overs from the color change row. Am I reading something wrong? My border doesn’t look like the photo. Thank you for any help you can give. I have enjoyed holding this yarn in my hands—very soft.

  9. Both border rows are knit, but row 1 continues the yo’s at the beginning and end of the row and on either side of the center stitch. Row 2 is knit instead of purl. It’d be fine if you didn’t include the yo’s, which it sounds like maybe you didn’t. HTH!

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