Flying Colors Shawl

Flying Colors is an elegant, crescent-shaped shawl whose texture is reminiscent of the feathers on a bird’s wing. With bold hues and an exceptional drape, this striking project perches perfectly on your shoulders without the use of a shawl pin.

Skill Level: Intermediate 

Size: 13.5” deep at widest point and 100” wide from tip to tip measured along curve (after blocking) 

Gauge: 23 stitches = 4” in FPsc rib before blocking; Rows 6-9 (one pattern repeat) measures 2.5” at corner end before blocking; (Due to the method of construction, typical row gauge cannot be given) 

Materials

Yarn:

Super Fine Weight Yarn Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon; 437 yards [400 meters]/100 grams): #84.0066 (MC, 2 balls)

Super Fine Weight Yarn Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock Yarn (75% superwash merino wool, 25% nylon; 437 yards [400 meters]/100 grams): #5605 Plum (CC, 1 ball)

Hook: US size E/4 (3.5 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: Tapestry needle

Abbreviations

FPsc: Front post single crochet
Rsc: Reverse single crochet (crab stitch)

Pattern Notes

Shawl is worked in rows that increase in height across their width by gradually increasing stitch height, with ribs in a contrasting color created from single crochet and front post single crochet.  As the stitches become taller and taller they can become looser than the shorter stitches at the beginning of each row, but this is not a concern as the sc and FPsc ribs tighten the work back up, and any remaining unevenness is removed with blocking.
The contrasting rib yarn is unbroken, dropped and picked back up after each shawl segment.  The main color segments stagger over after each rib to create the crescent shape, so the yarn is broken after each segment and reattached to eliminate floats across the back of the work.
The integral corner has a unique construction in order to keep the edging color continuous.  Also, the chain stitches running down the center of the corner help stabilize the corner and add structure to counteract the looseness of the tall stitches.  A symbol chart is provided for the corner to aid in construction.
Blocking Note: When blocking, to avoid overstretching the corners it is recommended to pin out to the ends of the CC FPsc ribs first, then after the shawl body is pinned out, pin the tips of the corners.

Pattern

With CC, ch 94.
Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (93 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, FPsc around next 92 sc, sl st in last sc, tie off yarn so stitches will not unravel and drop CC.
Row 3: Turn, sk sl st and first FPsc, join MC with sl st in 2nd FPsc, sc in next 15 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, dc in next 15 sts, tr in next 15 sts, dtr in next 15 sts, trtr in next 15 sts.

Corner

Right side facing for entire corner,
Step 1: Do not turn, rotate work 180 degrees, ch 15.
Step 2: Working back across ch just made, sk first ch, sl st in back bump of next 5 ch, ch 5.
Step 3: Continuing to work across back bump of initial corner ch, trtr in next 9 ch, join with sl st in first FPsc from Row 2 (at base of last trtr from Row 3).
Step 4: Do not turn, Rsc in next 8 trtr, 2 Rsc in next trtr, rotate work counter-clockwise 90 degrees, Rsc in next 5 ch, Rsc in next 5 sl st, join with a sl st in top of ch skipped in Step 1. 

Row 4: Turn, working across other side of ch from Corner Step 1, trtr in next 9 ch, trtr in next 7 trtr from Row 3, dtr in next 15 sts, tr in next 15 sts, dc in next 15 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, sc in next 15 sts, sl st in next 3 sts, fasten off MC.
Row 5: Turn, pick up CC, ch 1, sk first sl st from Row 2, sc in each st across.
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, FPsc around next 100 sc, sl st in next 3 sc, tie off yarn so stitches will not unravel and drop CC, leave remaining sts unworked.
Row 7: Turn, sk 3 sl st and 9 FPsc, join MC with a sl st in 10th FPsc, sc in next 15 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, dc in next 15 sts, tr in next 15 sts, dtr in next 15 sts, trtr in next 15 sts.

Corner

Right side facing for entire corner
Step 1: Do not turn, rotate work 180 degrees, ch 15.
Step 2: Working back across ch just made, sk first ch, sl st in back bump of next 5 ch, ch 5.
Step 3: Continuing to work across back bump of initial corner ch, trtr in next 9 ch, join with sl st in first FPsc from Row 6 (at base of last trtr from Row 7).
Step 4: Do not turn, Rsc in next 8 trtr, 2 Rsc in next trtr, rotate work counter-clockwise 90 degrees, Rsc in next 5 ch, Rsc in next 5 sl st, join with a sl st in top of ch skipped in Step 1. 

Row 8: Turn, working across other side of ch from Corner Step 1, trtr in next 9 ch, trtr in next 7 trtr from Row 7, dtr in next 15 sts, tr in next 15 sts, dc in next 15 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, sc in next 15 sts, sl st in next 3 sts, fasten off MC.
Row 9: Turn, pick up CC, ch 1, sk first sl st from Row 6, sl st in next 10 sts, sc in next st, sc in MC joining sl st from Row 7, sc in each st across.
Rows 10-109: Repeat Rows 6-9 (including corner), 25 times.
Row 110: Repeat Row 6.
Row 111: Turn, continuing with CC, sl st in each st across. Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.
Wet block to schematic dimensions. See blocking note. yarn ball

 

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Comments
  • michellen3

    I don’t understand what to do when it says to repeat rows 6-9. Do I go back to the first corner pattern? Or, do I work from the second corner pattern from row 3?

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