Power Lines by Larissa Brown

Power Lines

April 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1000 yards (914 m)
Wingspan = 108”/274 cm, picot edge 40”/102 cm and depth of “16/41 cm at deepest point of triangle.
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Power Lines is designed to highlight those small leftovers or oddballs of gorgeous fingering weight yarn you may have around.

One of the joys and mysteries of striping is how incredibly different a color looks based on what is beside it. This long, asymmetrical shawl uses six or seven different yarns to play with that phenomenon. In each section of the shawl, a different set of two colors is striped together.

Power Lines is an elongated triangle that tends to ripple a bit like riffles in a stream. The picot bind-off adds to the effect.


  • Yarn & Color Notes
  • Basic Stitch Patterns Used
  • Simple Instructions with no stripe sequence, for those who want to create their own stripes and color blocks
  • Complete Instructions to create stripe sequence shown in sample


The fun and creative challenge of knitting this shawl lies in choosing colors and yarns that will complement one another in different ways depending on how they are combined.

Here are the basic requirements and examples of what I used in the sample shown. The yardage given is on the high side, to be safe. The color sequence can always be changed in any way you like, to accommodate your yarn and make your shawl uniquely yours.

Power Lines can be made in any combination of colors. These notes reflect what was used in the sample.

A & B: Main body colors
Two main color yarns in DK or heavy fingering weight, coordinating colors with at least one neutral.
About 250 yards each
A: Black Trillium Fiber Arts Sublime DK in Little Mouse (silver), 1 skein of 260 yards.
B: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight in a bright teal mill end color, about 250 yards.

C: Pop color for lace
Fingering or light fingering yarn that will stand out and complement the other colors.
About 100 yards.
Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in Bottle (bright green), less than 1 skein of 150 yards.

D: A color changing yarn… or not
Fingering or light fingering yarn that complements the body colors, which can be a long-change yarn, a gradient skein, or tonal or variegated skein.
About 200 yards.
Spincycle Dyed in the Wool long-repeat color changing yarn in Overpasses, 1 skein of 200 yards.

E, F & G: Complementary colors
Small amounts of three fingering weight colors.
100 yards or less per color
Miss Babs Two-Ply Toes in Detour, Republic of Wool Twist Fingering in Street Spirit, and Alpha B Yarns BFF B in Sumi for G.