Soothing garter stitch, stripes, and a striking contrast color border. Even better, a shawl that can be knitted with absolutely no purl stitches.
Rustwing is named after Phragmatobia fuliginosa
, a small, unassuming moth with hindwings edged with bright orange. Starting from the upper left corner, Rustwing is knit on the bias to create an asymmetric triangle. The shawl is worked in garter stitch in three colors — two for the striped body and one for the knitted-on garter lace border.
Are you a nocturnal moth or a bright butterfly? The color combinations are limitless.
This pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Both written and charted instructions are given for the lace border.
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SMALL VERSION — LACE
- Wingspan: approx. 180 cm / 5’11”
- Depth: approx. 40 cm / 15¾“
- Border: approx. 7 cm / 2¾“
BC Garn Semilla Extra Fino (100% organic wool, 300 m/50 g) 3 colors
- Color A: #101 Light Gray, 1 skein
- Color B: #01 White, 1 skein
- Color C: #115 Orange, 1 skein
Or lace-weight yarn, 3 colors:
- Color A for stripes: approx. 300 m / 330 yd
- Color B for stripes: approx. 275 m / 300 yd
- Color C for lace border: approx. 130 m / 145 yd
- For the shawl body: 3.25 mm / US #3 long circular needle (80–100 cm / 32–40”) or size needed to obtain gauge
- For the lace border: 3.00 mm / US #2½ long circular needle
- 3.00 mm / US #2½ crochet hook
- Darning needle
- 19 sts × 48 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch, lightly blocked, on larger needles
LARGE VERSION — FINGERING
- Wingspan: approx. 200 cm / 6’7”
- Depth: approx. 50 cm / 19¾“
- Border: approx. 9 cm / 3½“
Tukuwool Fingering (100% wool, 195 m/50 g), 3 colors
- Color A: 03 Auri, 2 skeins
- Color B: 01 Sake, 2 skeins
- Color C: H21 Repo, 1 skein
Or fingering-weight yarn, 3 colors:
- Color A for stripes: approx. 390 m / 425 yd
- Color B for stripes: approx. 380 m / 415 yd
- Color C for lace border: approx. 135 m / 150 yd
- For the shawl body: 4.00 mm / US #6 long circular needle (80–100 cm / 32–40”) or size needed to obtain gauge
- For the lace border: 3.75 mm / US #5 long circular needle for the lace border
- 3.75 mm / US #5 crochet hook
- Darning needle
- 17 sts × 44 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch, lightly blocked, on larger needles
The pattern uses long-tail and crochet cast-ons, lace knitting, working in stripes with two colors, and perpendicular knitting for the lace border. Ability to work lace from a chart is recommended but written instructions are also provided for the lace pattern.