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I first picked up a pair of needles in 2007 and became smitten immediately. It was as if this new, creative world just opened for me. Aided by my cat Ralph, who loves to lay on my blocking FOs, I ...

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Winged Samara

from LeftSide Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Winged Samara
Winged Samara
Winged Samara

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • cast on
  • bind off
  • increase
  • decrease

Pattern Description:

Winged Samara is a crescent shaped shawl knit in one piece from the center-top outward. It is shaped by all the increasing being done on the edging. With both charts and written instructions, knitters are able to choose the most comfortable way to follow the pattern.

The pattern name comes from the proper term for a maple wing, which always sparks a favorite childhood memory - my Grandfather & I, splitting those wings and sticking them to the end of our noses. Can you see them in the stitch motif?


26 sts/36 rows = 4 inches in stockinette on US size 5 needles

Exact gauge is not important but do note that a looser gauge will result in the use of more yardage

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 48" across (opening wider because it was blocked with a curve) by 15" down spine


  • Approximately 575 yards of fingering weight yarn
  • Testers used anywhere from 424 yards to 650 yards total, depending on gauge.
  • 1 US size 5 (3.75 mm), 24-inch circular or length preferred for weight of yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Stitch markers for marking edgings, if desired

Suggested yarn:

575 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Wollmeise 100%