Wingu by Clare Devine
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September 2015
Light Fingering ?
21 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch, with two strands held together using 4.5mm needles, worked flat and blocked.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1148 yards (1050 m)
Finished size is approximately: 195cm (76.75in) wingspan (tip to tip) by 36cm (14in) deep.
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This shawl is from the ebook Coast: A Celebration of Sea and Sky.

If you have previously purchased Pwani you will be able to get the new pattern as part of the ebook for only £2. Please add the ebook to your shopping cart only, the discount will be automatically applied.

Wingu | cloud in Swahili

For days when the clouds roll in from the sea, bringing with them cooler, damper air and the need for something warmer to envelop yourself in. Wingu is a shallow crescent shawl that brings out the best in Mabel and Ivy Coast: the magical combination of soft warm wool and a delightful softness from the cotton.

Easy to wear and incredibly versatile, this shallow, elongated crescent shape will slot right into your early autumn wardrobe.

Wingu is the sister shawl to Pwani (meaning coast in Swahili).


Mabel and Ivy Coast (50g / 1.75oz, 350 m / 382 yds, 55% Merino / 45% cotton)
MC: 2 x 50g; sample shown in Denim
CC: 5 x 10g; sample shown in Ombre Pack 6
(sample shown in Denim, Marlin, Nimbus, Skylight & Porcelain)

NOTE: the main colour is held double throughout the pattern except for a tiny section of the border

3.75mm / US size 5 circular needle 80cm / 32in or 100cm / 40in cable
4mm / US size 6 circular needle 80cm / 32in or 100cm / 40in cable
4.5mm / US size 7 circular, needle 80cm / 32in or 100cm / 40in cable
5mm / US size 8 needle (straight, circular or DPN) for cast off only

Note on needles: the smaller (3.75mm and 4mm) needles are only used for the first garter section to create a neater neckline; the larger (5mm) needle is used for a stretchy cast off.

These are all optional and you could happily knit the entire shawl on 4.5mm / US7 needles.

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
One stitch marker
Blocking wires and pins


21 sts and 38 rows to 10cm / 4in of garter stitch, with two strands held together using 4.5mm needles, worked flat and blocked.

20 sts and 24 rows to 10cm / 4in of stocking stitch, with a single strand using 4.5mm needles, worked flat and blocked.


Finished size is approximately:
195cm (76.75in) wingspan (tip to tip) by 36cm (14in) deep.

The finished size depends very much on blocking. These measurements are given as a guide and are based on a heavily blocked shawl.

Pattern notes


The yarn is held double for garter stitch sections and as a single strand in the stocking stitch sections. I would advise cutting the yarn at the end of each section even though this means more ends to weave in; I think it produces a cleaner edge to the top of the shawl.

It is very important that the cast off is stretchy. Please be mindful of your tension and use a larger needle if needed.

This pattern can easily be adjusted to other yarns and weights. If you are substituting yarn make sure you adjust the needle size so that you get a fabric you love for both weights.

Some great combinations would be:
Lace weight and 4ply / sock weight (I would recommend 4.5mm – 5mm needles)
Sock weight and DK (I would recommend 5mm – 5.5mm needles)

Changing the yarn, gauge and needles will adjust the size and yardage requirements. The pattern is very flexible though, so you can adjust as you go to accommodate your yarn choice.

You can adjust the widths of the stripes to create a great stash buster shawl. As a guide the original shawl uses approx. 400m of the MC (total of 800m held double throughout, except for the final border section). The contrast sections are 70m, 56m, 35m and 28m respectively.