Jan 172013


Aerophile is a one-skein garter shawl with narrow wings that stretch wide like a soaring bird which loves to fly. Each wing is knit using short rows from a provisionally cast on central spine, while the scalloped top edge is created by casting on additional stitches every six rows. After both wings are complete, a super-picot edging binds off the live stitches along the bottom edge. Choose a beautiful yarn as the focus of the shawl, and let the uncomplicated ground and simple textural edgings highlight the fiber.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, backwards loop CO, knit, increasing, short rows.

Size: one size;approximately 52” wingspan and 18” depth from top edge to bottom point.

Yarn: Dream In Color Smooshy (100% merino), 450 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Deep Seaflower. Sample used approximately 425 yards of fingering weight yarn.

Other Materials: US 6 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO and stitch holder; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 st and 40 rows/4″ in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.     

Aerophile front   Aerophile closeup   Aerophile back