Flying Geese Shawl by Betty P Balcomb
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Flying Geese Shawl

June 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
5 stitches = 1 inch
in Stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1311 yards (1199 m)
32 x 76"
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For a larger shawl, work more rows in pattern before starting ruffle border or make the ruffle border longer or go up a needle size; for a smaller one, do the reverse. There was ample yarn left from the 3rd skein of yarn to go a couple of inches bigger. I call this shawl Flying Geese because the pattern is reminiscent of the V formation of migrating geese flying across the sky. I did an internet search to find a romantic sounding word for this phenomenon to use as the name for the shawl. Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, the scientific term for this V formation is “skein.” Skein Shawl did not sound very elegant so I went with the simple descriptive title. The directions look long and a little daunting, but the shawl is very easy once you get going. The terminology is a little unconventional, borrowing from the Elizabeth Zimmerman way to knit. Trust it and do exactly what it says, stopping to look at your work and the picture to be sure the shawl looks like nesting Vs. The pattern is so geometric that the decreases and yarn overs just flow into place and the directions become almost unnecessary.

~From the pattern