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The Grateful Crane


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This shoulder shawl is inspired by a Japanese folktale about a kind man who rescues a crane. Knit in delicate mohair yarn, one could easily imagine the finished product as being woven from downy feathers. It takes the form of wings, wrapping around your shoulders and folding at the neck for a collar effect. You can drape this shawl over your shoulders to keep yourself warm on a cool evening, or wrap it around your neck in lieu of a scarf. Each feather motif flows to the next, and you can easily alter the number of repeats up or down for a differently sized shawl. The lace pattern is charted only. There are also instructions for making a larger (or smaller) shawl by adjusting the number of repeats. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Lace knitting from charts GAUGE 5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch in lace Chart A repeat (gauge not critical) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 60" (152cm) wingspan, 23" (58cm) down center back (easily modified)

Recommended with this pattern

  • US6 / 4mm needles
  • 500yds of laceweight yarn
  • Stitch markers

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Joy Gerhardt Designs
Joy Gerhardt Designs
I'm an American expat living in the UK. I have been published in several magazines including KNIT, Knit Now, and Knitcircus. I love playing with knit fabric, and my designs focus on seamless construction and interesting details.