l'Affichage Demoiselle Shawl by Peggy Jean Kaylor

l'Affichage Demoiselle Shawl

November 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, unblocked and unstretched
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1250 yards (1143 m)
depending upon gauge and fiber content: about 53 inch wingspan and about 26 inch depth when worn, made in 100% merino wool
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The Demoiselle Crane is well known for it’s courtship display dance. And when these small cranes migrate, they fly directly over the Himalayan Mountains. Wearing this shawl is like being held in the wings’ embrace. Due to subtle shaping, the shawl also sits securely on your shoulders without slipping off. So wearing it is simultaneously like spreading your wings to fly off confidently, no matter the obstacles that exist in front of you.

The l’Affichage Demoiselle Shawl is not overly complex in the knitting; however, the pattern was a rather complex thing to write clearly. I graded it to three sizes but putting them all into one pattern file was too unwieldy to countenance. Hence, there will eventually be three patterns in all. This full-sized shawl, a small shawl (l’Affichage Demoiselle Petite), and a plus-sized shawl (l’Affichage Demoiselle Plus).

The instructions are written out in a tabulated written abbreviated format and also fully charted. The 16-page pattern is formatted to facilitate printing only the pages of instructions that the knitter needs for either the tabulated written abbreviated or the fully charted directions. (Notes and Abbreviations are on pages 2 and 3; written instructions are on pages 4-10; charted instructions are on pages 11-16.)

I strongly recommend working from the table of written abbreviated instructions; while using the charts for an overview and validation of the color-change and end-of-short-row stitch marker placements. It is easiest to see the sense of the stitch markers placements from what the charts show. We have made the charts as visually comprehensible as possible, but each one is massive due to the nature of the design. So, printing them onto single sheets of paper makes them hard to read. I have been assured, though, that some apps will help you work from those massive charts. I, however, have no experience or knowledge of these apps, having never used or even played with any of them, yet.

Yarn Requirements:

500 yards of your background color (MC) and 750 yards of your wing color (CC). I was able to get a shawl out of a bit less than 500 yards of my background color, along with comfortably less than 750 yards of my wing color. If your gauge has a tendency to be a bit uneven, it might be best to have extra yarn available in both colors.

Other notions needed: Stitch markers; bodkin or crochet hook (whichever you prefer for finishing).

Stitches used in the pattern: provisional cast on, k, intarsia colorwork, simple short rows (no wraps), picking up stitches (from a garter stitch selvedge), k2tog, 3 stitch I-cord bind off (which additionally requires either a knitted or e-wrap cast on for only 3 stitches, ssk, and slipping stitches purl-wise).


Thank you to Russ Moore for the superb technical edit of the pattern.

Thank you to kotaatok, bzzymom29, beachsideknitter, and marydear for thoroughly testing the pattern and providing lots of helpful feedback. I love all of you dearly.

I made the first l’Affichage Demoiselle Shawl while taking part in one of the swaps that can be found amidst Ravelry’s many group forums. I literally doodled it out by fits and starts. When Imageek, the recipient, first saw it, she said it reminded her of the Demoiselle Crane. I gave her naming rights for the design and after some discussion, she settled on l’Affichage Demoiselle as the name of the design. English translation of l’Affichage Demoiselle is “the damsel’s display.”

Thank you Imageek for providing the inspirational push to get me started on this design progression. If you hadn’t mentioned that you could knit anything you wanted except intarsia, I’d not have found these ideas at all. I’ve loved the journey of discovery that this design took me on, immensely.