Windswept Skies Shawl
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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.
Work In Progress
- One 24 in / 60 cm circular needle in size needed to obtain listed gauge
- Designer Used: US 5 / 3.75 mm
- 2 stitch markers to keep track of row sections
- Scale that measures 1 gram or fewer increments
- 1 yarn needle for weaving in ends
- Smooth waste yarn for provisional cast on
Gauge in 4" / 10 cm
- 24-row repeat height, washed and stretched: 2.5" / 6 cm
- Edging depth, washed and stretched: 6.5" / 17 cm
- Stockinette, unwashed
: 28 sts and 40 rows
- Wingspan: 40" / 102 cm
- Center Back: 9" / 23 cm
- Wingspan: 60" / 152 cm
- Center Back: 13.75" / 35 cm
Construction & Schematic
This shawl is cast on with an i-cord 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.