“It was in the clove of seasons, summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit in the bleeding tree.” --“The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst
This glorious shawl, reminiscent of the Scarlet Ibis’s striking plumage, showcases a lovely feathered lace section edged with a delicate mesh of garter lace.
Designed in two sizes, the shallow heart shaped full shawl is quite wide, ensuring that it can be easily worn with the point to the front or the back, but with long enough ends to wrap securely so it will stay in place. It begins with a provisional cast on and garter wedge formed with short row shaping, then it is worked sideways out to the left “wing” tip. Provisional stitches are then replaced to work the right “wing” of the shawl.
The asymmetric, triangular shawlette is roughly the first half of the full shawl design, meant to be worn with the point in front and secured with buttons around the neck.
Shawl and shawlette designs are available charted AND fully written. Your purchase includes separate pdfs depending on your preference, and you are most welcome to work from either set of instructions, or both if you prefer!
I chose to separate the pdfs to decrease the amount of printing required, as each pdf contains 12 pages. Rest assured, all lines of instructions are accounted for, and no sections require “reverse shaping”--all of those details have been included to make this a fun and enjoyable knitting experience, even for knitters who are newer to lace work. The pattern has been professionally tech edited by Liz Halla-Mattingly and test knit.
This design is suitable for intermediate to expert knitters (or advanced beginners interested in expanding their skills).
Yarn requirements: approximately 680 yds for shawl (400 yds for shawlette) of fingering weight yarn
Gauge: 22 sts x 28 rows = 4” in stockinette on 4mm/US sz 6 needles