Bird & Bee Shawl by Miriam L. Felton

Bird & Bee Shawl

January 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in purl lice after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 - 430 yards (366 - 393 m)
68 inches (173cm) along inner edge of crescent, 13 inches (33cm) from nape to bottom point, 9 inches (22.5cm) wide at the midpoint of each wing.
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This pattern was included in the Dragonfly Fibers Club. It will be available publicly in July 2017.

Replete with graceful wing shapes, this shawl features a purl lice stitch in the solid sections and a honeycomb lace in short-row sections that help shape the curves. The crescent shape of the wings lets the shawl hang beautifully around the shoulders and neck no matter how you wear it.

Yarn: 430 yards (393m) of fingering weight yarn. Shown in Dragonfly Fibers Pixie (100% Superwash Merino Wool, 430 yds (393m)/4 oz) in ‘Timberwolf’.
Gauge: 20 sts & 33 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in purl lice after blocking.
Needles: 32-inch (80-cm) length circular needles in 4mm (US6).
Finished sizes: 68 inches (173cm) along inner edge of crescent, 13 inches (33cm) from nape to bottom point, 9 inches (22.5cm) wide at the midpoint of each wing.
Notions: Crochet hook, waste yarn for provisional cast-on, stitch markers (2 on-needle style & 1 hanging pin-style), tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Techniques used: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, slipped stitched with yarn in front and yarn in back, yarnover, double yarnover, elongated knit stitches (with instructions), short rows (I use shadow wrap method and include tutorial links), use of markers.

This shawl begins with a garter tab (tutorial video for this can be found here: The numbers will vary, but the technique is the same). Increases at both ends every row, and in the middle on RS rows, shape the upper body of the shawl. The lace section is worked in two parts with short rows (I recommend either the shadow wrap method - or the German short row technique), first to the right side of center, then to the left. The final chart has you working the full width of the shawl, creating a garter and slipped stitch edging.

All double yarnovers become two stitches on the next WS row. Knit the first one, and purl the second one.

The garter stitch edging is worked with elongated stitches on each RS row to accommodate the quick increases of this shawl. These double wrapped knits should become single stitches on the next WS row by knitting into one loop, and dropping the remaining loop off the needle, unworked.

Pattern is charted, but translations of the charts are also given for those who prefer written out instructions.