Learning to Fly by Ellen Kardell

Learning to Fly

Knitting
May 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
in any of the lace charts
US 5 - 3.75 mm
525 - 600 yards (480 - 549 m)
54" wingspan x 28" deep
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Learning to Fly is a slightly asymmetrical triangle/crescent shaped shawl knit in one piece from the corner up. Its wing shape is inspired by the structure and pattern of a bird’s wing, with layered long and short feathers creating the geometry. It is worn on the bias but does not have complex bias shaping.

The shawl is knit from one corner, increasing on one side to form the asymmetrical crescent/triangle shape. The patterns flow gracefully into one another, building the illusion of overlapping feathers.

Beading is optional: I’ve indicated on the charts where beads can be added; my sample has a single bead on each terminal feather point, just to add a little weight to the edge.

Intermediate: increasing, decreasing, basic lace stitches.
Pattern includes both charts and written directions.

Sample is knit with Louet Gems Fingering, Burgundy, about 2.75 skeins (525 yards). Knit loosely, I had a lot of latitude in terms of the blocked shape.

Suitable for any weight of yarn. The blocked size is approximate and will depend on your yarn choice, gauge and amount of blocking.

10 pages, landscape orientation.