Windswept Skies Shawl

Windswept Skies Shawl

Flexible. Intricate. Showpiece. 

Pattern Information

   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.


  • Yarn Maker: Malabrigo
  • Yarn Base: Sock
  • Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino
  • Weight: Light Fingering / 3-Ply
  • Put-Up: 440 yds / 402m per 3.5oz / 100g skein
  • Number of Skeins Required: 1-2 (or more)
  • Length Required: One Skein: 396 yds / 362m; Two Skeins: 823 yds / 752m
  • Colorway: One Skein: Ochre; Two Skeins: Azules

Gauge in 4″ / 10cm

  • Stockinette, Unwashed: 28 sts & 40 rows
  • 24 Row Repeat Length, Washed: 2.5″ / 6cm
  • Edging Width, Washed: 6.5″ / 17cm
  • To produce even ribbing and open lace.


  • One 24″ / 60cm circular needle in size needed to obtain listed gauge
  • Designer Used: US5 (3.75mm)


  • 2 removable stitch markers
  • Scale that measures to 1g increments
  • Yarn Needle
  • Smooth waste yarn for provisional cast on


  • Adjustable, based on weight of yarn


  • One Skein
    • Wingspan: 40″ / 102cm
    • Center Depth: 9″ / 23cm
  • Two Skeins
    • Wingspan: 60″ /152cm
    • Center Depth: 13.75″ / 35cm





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Cast Ons

  • Icord Tab Cast On
    • Invisible Provisional Cast On



  • K
  • Ktbl
  • P
  • Ptbl
  • Sl wyif


  • K2Tog
  • K2Tog tbl
  • P2Tog
  • P2Tog tbl
  • SSK
  • SK2P
  • Sl3, K2Tog, P3sso


  • KFB
  • KFBF
  • M1L
  • M1R
  • M1LP
  • M1RP
  • YO

Bind Off & Finishing

  • Icord Bind Off
    • Kitchener

Modeled Gallery

Photography by Julieanna Davis of JulieannaD Photography

Close Up Gallery

Photography by Amanda Leah Guthrie of Atlas Knits

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