Fractal wing shawl by Elizabeth Felgate

Fractal wing shawl

April 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 41 rows = 4 inches
in firmly blocked garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
875 - 1750 yards (800 - 1600 m)
73in/185cm wingspan with a maximum drop of 27.5in/70cm as written. Easily resized.
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This pattern is available for free.

This free pattern is part of the Knotions shawl edition that also celebrates the launch of the Knotions Shawlstar ebook. With over 40 shawl shapes including some special custom designed ones the ebook also inlcudes a wealth of information on shawl techniques, shaping and finishing

Fractal wing is a garter stitch shawl created from a fractal pattern, that grows into a unique wing shape. Shaped only with increases and decreases this is a relaxing knit that creates an impressively dramatic effect.

I used: Chameleon Yarn SW Merino/Silk Blend one skein each in Paris (pink/grey) and Murmansk (blue/grey) or 180g 875yds 800m of yarn. If using 2 colours you will use similar quantities of both yarns with just 10-15g more required of the colour you start the first section with (if working the size as written).

Chameleon are new independent dyers on etsy and their shop can be found at and have some fabulous colours to choose from.

It is also possible to use self-striping yarns; bear in mind that the stripes will get thinner in an inverse relationship to the growing size of the sections.


I used a 2.75mm needle, but am a loose knitter. Average knitters might want to start with a 3-4mm (US 2.5-5) needle. Gauge is not critical, my sample came out at 22 sts and 41 rows = 4” 10 cm in garter stitch after wet blocking.

Construction, instructions and techniques
Just knit and yo sts are used for most of the shawl (there is some decreasing for the final border). There are no short rows or anything complicated; this is ideal travel knitting. Is knit side to side so you never have a huge number of sts on the needle.

My blue/pink sample is 9 repeats and makes a good medium sized-shawl. The other two samples shown are 10 & 11 repeats. making longer, larger shawls. It is easy to resize this shawl by adding or subtracting repeats to fit the yarn you have. 7 repeats makes a small cowl/shawl.