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San Diego, CA USA

Kimberly found her love of design while knitting plastic bags into shoes and fishing nets for her Master’s thesis (for resource poor areas of the world with lots of errant polyethylene - not just for ...

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Leaf on the Wind

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Leaf on the Wind
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round (starting with a fews sts on DPNs and then moving to circulars), cables, lace, variable st counts for the leaves

Pattern Description:

"Oh my god! What could it be? We're all doomed! Who's flying this thing?! Oh right, that would be me. Back to work"

The "Leaf on the Wind" shawl is the first in my Firefly/Serenity series. It has a unique seamless construction. It is initially knit in the round to make the center medallion, then partially bound off and worked flat, before the edging is knit on sideways.

If you are a fan of the show, the first design is based on Wash because he is awesome. It combines a leaf motif (from his quote "I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar") and a modified version of cables from his super sweet cable knit sweater. If you are not a fan of the show (watch it - you'll love it!!), it's just a really pretty cable knit shawl with flowers and leaves and cabled braids/knots.

The pattern includes written instructions (p.1-8), and complete PRINTED or DIGITAL charts (p.9-15).


* For the shawlette in lace weight you will need less than 800 yds (under 100g) and for the shawlette in fingering between 950-1000 yds (under 205-300g)
* For a full sized fingering weight shawl, increase needle size to US7/4.5mm and expect to use between 1000-1100 yds. The finished size will be around 68"/173cm across and 36"/91cm.
* Yarn choice: The construction of this shawl may not be suitable to highly variegated or gradient yarns. The center medallion is circular, then the body is knitted flat, and the edging is knitted on sideways - this will cause three different pooling patterns for your yarn.
* Skills to know or learn for this project: knitting in the round (starting with a fews sts on DPNs and then moving to circulars), cables, lace, variable st counts for the leaves
* The written instructions and charts have been test knitted by several people


LACE: 21 sts x 30 rows or FINGERING: 19.5 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches in reverse stockinette, blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Shawlette in LACE: about 52"/132 cm across top, 27'/68.5 cm down, Shawlette in FINGERING: 55"/139cm by 28"/71cm


  • LACE: US5/3.75mm or FINGERING: US6/4mm double pointed needles (DPNs) and 16 inch (40cm) and 24 inch (60 cm) or longer circular needles, cable needle (or you can use a DPN

You Will Also Need:

  • rust-proof pins for blocking, place markers - 5 colors, 4 of each color (optional, but I found them helpful to find my place again if I got lost. The sts between the same color are one of the pattern repeats and identical to the sts inside the same color on the other side of the shawl. The sts between 2 different colors are just worked flat. It's totally doable to use the same color markers especially if you are working the chart - you can just look at the work and match it to the chart to determine where to pick up again).

Suggested yarn:

950 yards of Lace weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer



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