Aerophile by Jennifer Dassau


January 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
425 yards (389 m)
one size: 52" wingspan and 18" depth from top edge to bottom point
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The fourth in a series of shawls exploring non-traditional shaping with short rows, available individually or as part of the 5 Short Row Shawls collection.

Aerophile is a one-skein garter shawl with narrow wings that stretch wide like a soaring bird which loves to fly. Each wing is knit using short rows from a provisionally cast on central spine, while the scalloped top edge is created by casting on additional stitches every six rows. After both wings are complete, a super-picot edging binds off the live stitches along the bottom edge. Choose a beautiful yarn as the focus of the shawl, and let the uncomplicated ground and simple textural edgings highlight the fiber.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, backwards loop CO, knit, increasing, short rows.

Yarn: Dream In Color Smooshy (100% merino, 450 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Deep Seaflower. Sample used approximately 425 yards of light fingering weight yarn.

Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO and stitch holder; Yarn needle.

Thank you to my lovely testers, and my wonderful tech editor Kate Vanover.
For questions, or to show off your shawl, please visit my Ravelry group The Knitting Vortex.