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Warrior Wings Cinched-Edge Shawl

Knitting
Lace / 2 ply ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in lace pattern, after blocking.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1028 yards (940 m)
About 57" (145 cm) wide and 22" (56 cm) long.

Because the ethereal halo of the brushed alpaca yarn in this shawl makes me think of angel wings, I wanted to create a lace-stitch pattern that resembled layers of feathers. Coupled with the strong alpaca fiber in the yarn, this shawl represents a mythological creature’s shield—it appears to be soft and airy but is empowered with the strength of a warrior’s shield. The simple 18-row repeat in the stitch pattern gives the illusion of motifs that are offset brick-fashion. The edging is added by working perpendicularly to the live stitches on the last row of the shawl and is cinched at regular intervals to create the pretty scallops.