Wingspan by Kyle Vey


April 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 56 rows = 4 inches
in Linen Stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
800 yards (732 m)
one size
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Hi Folks!

First off, I’d like to express how overwhelming the excitement and support around Wingspan has been. I had no idea it would garner this much attention. I hope I have done the pattern justice. It’s been quite a journey to design and publish (particularly writing and editing during exam week), and I am so excited to share it with you! For the week prior to publishing I have been scouring the pattern over and over looking for any typos. I think I caught them all, but if you notice anything amiss, please reach out, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Now, onto the important stuff…

Thank you for checking out the Wingspan shawl! Designed with Blue Brick yarn, this piece stands at the intersection of knitting and nature. The shawl is as light and elegant as it is regal and powerful, drawing inspiration from the wings of a bird. This symmetrical pattern can be a bit of a tedious knit, but the rewards are absolutely worth it. Wingspan combines intermediate-level knitting techniques, such as increases, decreases, cables, and short-rows to give it the look and feel of feathers. Whether you are knitting it for yourself, a friend, or a family member, the future recipient is bound to love it!

Note: On paper, this pattern may look a little intimidating due to length; however, the techniques used are not that complicated. There are a few sections that will require very close concentration, particularly when transitioning from one row of feathers to the next.

Additional Note: Currently the pattern is only available in one size, but I hope to revisit this summer and formally make it more adaptable to multiple sizes! Stayed tuned!

Instructions Included:
-- Standard written instructions
-- (Very) High-level schematic
-- I am also experimenting with a new form of instructions that attempts to teach the reader the key construction aspects of the shawl (e.g., feathers, wing shape, etc.) so that they don’t have to look down at the page frequently. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but I hope some folks will find it useful!

Here’s a quick summary of the pattern based on the original sample:
-- Maximum wingspan: 70 in (178 cm)
-- Depth of wings: 17 in (43 cm)
Yarn Requirements:
-- 800 yards of fingering-weight yarn
-- The sample shown used one entire skein of Blue Brick Manitoulin Merino Sparkle Wooly Mammoth in the Ibis colorway (fingering-weight, 800 yards, 200 grams)
-- 3.25 mm (US 3) circular needles (40-inch or larger recommended)
-- 4.5 mm (US 7) straight or circular needles for bind-off
--Gauge for this pattern is not too important as so many of the stitches are slanted, slipped, and cabled in all sorts of directions
--That being said, the linen stitch section between the wings was approximately 28 sts by 56 rows for a 4” by 4” square
Other Materials:
-- Cable needle (optional)
-- Tapestry needle to weave in ends
-- Blocking mats and pins
-- Highlighter tape (optional)

I’d like to extend an enormous thank-you to Shireen from Blue Brick yarns for providing the yarn and the opportunity to design something with it. She imbues so much heart into her work, and she put such an immense amount of effort into making this pattern happen, particularly getting such incredible shots of the shawl (modeled by the lovely Juile Crawford). Thank you again! And thank you, Julie!

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Reach out! I’ll do my best to respond back as quickly as I can. If I don’t get back to you right away, please forgive me! I probably have my nose buried in a book for grad school.

Errata (already updated in latest version):
-- On Page 5, the short-row numbers for 23 and 24 were mixed up, but this has been updated (no impact to instructions)
-- On Page 5, Row 28 should end with “4 times, S1F” not “5 times, S1F”
-- On Page 5, Row 29 should end with “4 times, K1” not “2 times, K1”
-- On Page 6, Row 43 should contain a K2 immediately after the last R7, before the M1R
-- On Page 13, in Section I the S1Fs should be S1Bs, and the S1B should be S1F.
-- On Page 13, in Section I the note should say to repeat Section I 11 times, not Section G.
-- On Page 16, there were two instances where ‘left’ should have been ‘right’ in the CP3T instructions, which have been updated to: slip one stitch purlwise to the right needle, then slip two stitches purlwise to a cable needle and hold in the front; slip the next stitch on the left needle to the right needle, slip one stitch from the cable needle to the right needle, insert your left needle into the backs of the three stitches on the right needle and purl the stitches together, then purl the stitch on the cable needle
-- On Page 16, the meaning of R9 has been updated to: rearrange the next 9 stitches