Longwing by Naomi Parkhurst


June 2017
Sport (12 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in double garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
535 - 555 yards (489 - 507 m)
Width: 60 inches/150cm; Length at deepest point: 17.5 inches/44.5cm
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Longwing is a double garter stitch crescent shawl with two chevrons inserted in the middle. The result sometimes reminds me of part of a star shape, but more often makes me think of a butterfly’s wings. There’s something fun about wearing butterfly wings without it being obvious.

Longwing has two sides. Because of the way this particular stitch pattern curls into ridges (technically known as welting), each color in a given section will be more visible on one side than the other. My original is a shawlette, but the pattern can be knit bigger or smaller as desired.

I used three colors, but the basic shawl can be knit in two or more colors; it would also make an excellent scrap yarn shawl.

Swans Island All American Collection Sport (100% Rambouillet wool; 185 yd/169m per 40g skein);
(MC) Celery; 1 skein
(CC1) Honey; 1 skein
(CC2) Flame; 1 skein

1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 32-40 inches/80-100cm


  • 2 regular stitch markers
  • 3 locking or removable stitch markers
  • yarn needle