I was lucky enough to go on an Alaskan cruise where experienced the beauty of Alaska’s towns, rainforest and glaciers. Of course, I also went whale-watching. On one tour, our guide identified a large humpback whale, well-known to locals as Flame, by the unique patterning of her fluke. Since the lace pattern of this shawl resembles the shape of whale’s tale and the sample is worked in a wonderful shade of crimson, I thought it appropriate to name it after Flame.
This one-piece crescent shawl is worked top-down and shaped with short rows and edge bind-offs. I designed the patterning to be reversible, so it’ll be attractive no matter how you wear it. The twisted decreases in the patterning may be a newer technique for most knitters. However, with some patience and care, you will surely be rewarded with your end result.
Span: 49.25 (59)”/ 125 (150) cm
Depth: 10.25 (10.5)”/ 26 (26.5) cm
Approximately 364 (436) yds/ 333 (398.5) m lace weight yarn with a slight halo; please allow for extra yardage if you choose to subsitute yarn of a different weight
US 3/ 3.25 mm 24”/ 40 cm or longer circular needles
23 sts and 38 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in St st.
28 sts and 32 rows = 3.75” in stitch pattern (1 repeat of Chart A worked 4 times), measured at edge.
While it’s still advisable to check your gauge, it’s not as critical in this project.
Skills and Techniques Used in Pattern
Other Pattern Details
Detailed knitting instructions in a professionally designed layout
Instructions include both US standard and Metric measurements
Easy-to-read font, instructions, charts and diagrams
Professionally tested and edited
Enabled for notes on iPad, tablets and e-readers.
Sample worked in size L using Windy Valley Musk Ox Luxury Blend (45% qiviut, 45% merino, 10% silk; 1 oz, 218 yds); Color: 2016 Autumn Crimson; 2 balls.