Inspired by the delightfully varied textures of a bird’s plumage, the Winglets Shawl is a perfect way to harmonize the colors in even the wildest hand-painted yarn.
There’s nothing too complicated here - a straightforward ripple pattern, a little bit of linen stitch, and some ribbing to round things out. Enough going on to keep the knitting interesting, while still working up quickly. And the different stitch patterns serve another purpose: they blend the colors in hand-painted yarns in different ways, showing off the full beauty of short-to-medium color repeats (about 2-6” per color, though longer repeats and solid colors would also look lovely).
This pattern includes full written and charted instructions. Instructions are provided for the stated size, which is shawlette-sized for an adult (and would also make a perfectly sized shawl for a child). I like to wear mine with the “tip” in front and the long ends wrapped around my neck and tucked under - the perfect snuggly, out-of-the-way warmth for an active cold-weather lifestyle. If you’d like a larger size, experienced knitters will find it easy to adjust the pattern by performing more repeats of the different pattern sections. (but please note, instructions for doing so are not included in the pattern).
1 skein Apple Tree Knits Plush DK in Chakra Hand-paint; 100% superwash merino, four-ply, 280 yds (256 m)/ 4 oz (113 g)
US size # 7 (4.5 mm), or size to obtain gauge; circular needles recommended to accommodate the large number of stitches
11 sts = 4” in 3x3 rib (k3, p3), after blocking
Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)
45 in (114 cm) by 18 in (46 cm)