Windswept Skies by Amanda Leah Guthrie

Windswept Skies

May 2018
Light Fingering ?
28 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, Unblocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
420 - 900 yards (384 - 823 m)
Weigh-As-You-Go, Adjustable Sizing
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When I first moved out to Colorado, I was surprised by the lack of clouds most of the year. Nothing but blue skies is true the majority of the time, and when I do see clouds, they’re typically the white, fluffy, marshmallow-type being swept along swiftly by the wind. On the rare days where there are clouds with a sunrise or a sunset, the colors display a spectacular array of pinks, oranges, and golds. I’m often outside on those days trying to capture the clouds and the color before they shift and disappear. Sometimes though, while I want to hang on to the present display of the moment - the next shift makes the view even more magnificent.
Windswept Skies attempts to capture the light, playful elegance of the fluttering clouds across the plains of Colorado. With ribbed cable mountains punctuated by small mock cable foggy clouds, and streams of windblown clouds across the sky, this shawl is an encouragement to appreciate the present but not to be too sad when it passes, because the next changes might bring even more beauty and light.

Construction Notes : See Schematic for Reference
This shawl is cast on with an icord cast on and is worked side-to-side.

Increases are worked to create depth.

The shawl is then worked straight with no increases.

Decreases are worked to create symmetry.

The amount of yarn used is adjustable for the increase, center, and decrease sections to achieve a longer wingspan or a deeper shawl. Check photos to see possible shapes for your shawl depending on the number of increases worked.


  • Malabrigo Sock (100% Superwash Merino)
  • Light Fingering (3-Ply) Weight, 440 yards (402 meters) / 3.53 ounces (100 grams) per skein
  • 1-2 skeins (or more)- samples photographed in the Ochre and Azules colorways
  • One Skein Sample: 396 yards (362m) of light fingering weight yarn used
  • Two Skein Sample: 823 yards (752m) of light fingering weight yarn used
  • Individual results will vary based on gauge.


  • Stockinette: 28 sts and 40 rows = 4” (10cm), unblocked
  • 24-Row Repeat,: 2.5” (6cm), blocked
  • Edging Depth: 6.5” (17cm), blocked
  • To produce raised cables and an open ribbing.
  • Pattern includes swatching instructions.


  • One 24” (60cm) + circular needle in size needed to obtain stockinette gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: US5 (3.75mm)


  • One Skein Scarf: 40” (102cm) Wingspan, 9” (23cm) Center Depth
  • Two Skein Shawl: 60” (152cm) Wingspan, 13.75” (35cm) Center Depth


  • 2 Stitch Markers, optionally more to mark stitch pattern repeats,
  • Scale that measures to 1 gram increments
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Waste yarn for invisible provisional cast on

Invisible provisional cast on, icord tab cast on, knitting flat, slipping stitches, increasing and decreasing, icord bind off.
Optional Techniques : Reading charts.

Written tutorials are included for the invisible provisional cast on, icord tab cast on, and extensive instructions on how to use the weigh-as-you-go portions of the pattern.

Video tutorials are included for the icord tab cast on, invisible provisional cast on, increases, decreases, and icord bind off.
Note: Due to illness, some of these videos are slightly delayed and will be available by June 1.

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