Edit: The shawl is now available for download as a .pdf ! crowPrintShawlv1.3
v1.3 is the most updated; a word is changed in regards to written instructions for clarity, and an extra stitch on purl rows in the chart has been removed.
Let’s share some lovely finished pictures and an inspirational story.
The Crow Prints Shawl started as a scarf, and was meant to be little more than a sampler and way to use up some more of the yarn leftover from another project. After doing a single triangular top-down shawl, though, I wanted to do another, and I loved the pattern so much it seemed appropriate.
The crow foot pattern that is the staple of this simple shawl is a favourite for a few reasons: it’s simple but not too simple, easily memorized, and has a nice look when done. It reminds me of crow’s feet, for obvious reasons. I rather like crows, even if few others do. They are a staple of winter, they and their raven cousins, and while they lack the bright colours and songs of the spring time birds I find it nice to see them. They share laughter amongst each other, and as the shawl grew in my mind, I could see it as a murder of crows, each putting their print down in the green fabric as a reminder of their presence once the green of spring made them vanish again.
The shawl itself isn’t particularly complicated, and only uses a ball and half of KnitPicks Palette. It took me a week to get done after classes and work started up again. I tried to design the pattern so that the introduction of new prints with the adding of stitches makes sense.
The nice thing about Palette is that it blocks very well. It’s fingering weight, so there’s much less worry about it breaking. As such, it’s very easy to block very strongly, which I like to get as much airy out of a pattern as possible. It seemed doubly critical in this piece with a bird-based stitch.
The finished shawl blocks to 2 yards width and 32 inches length with my gauge and knitting.