Ever since I’d knitted my first Wingspan last year, I’d wanted to explore the design a bit further. The pattern was simple enough: garter stitch wedges shaped with short rows, each wedge offset slightly from the previous wedge. With the addition of each new wedge, the shawlette began to curve. The original had a J shape to it. I wanted to know if adding more would bring it into more of a C shape (I was pretty sure that it would), and if a C-shape would drape more easily around my shoulders. The Wingspan pattern is written for fingering weight yarn. The designer has included stitch counts for DK and worsted-weight yarns, but they’re meant to make a shawlette of about the same finished size as the original fingering weight one. I figured, if I was making something out of worsted weight yarn, I wanted something more shawl-like, so I used the same stitch count as the fingering weight version.
This shawl has ten sections instead of eight, and yes, it does curve around more. What I hadn’t factored in was that since it’s bigger overall, the inner curve is also bigger, and that affects how it drapes when I put it on. If I wanted to tackle it a third time—and I don’t!—I’d work on trying to tighten up that curve while leaving the attractive jagged outer edge alone.
A worsted-weight shawl certainly uses more yarn than a fingering-weight shawlette (duh). I used about 6½ balls of Plymouth Boku on this puppy (645 yards/590 meters), and it has a comforting, warm heft to it as it settles around your shoulders. Any shawl pin I use with it will have to be sturdy! I added another two rows of garter stitch to the top band, partly because I didn’t want to end on a red stripe (not my favorite color in the colorway), but also to support the extra weight. Too bad Boku is a somewhat scratchy yarn—yeah, I’ve been trying it on in summer over T-shirts, and it’s just not pleasant against bare skin. Of course, this is more of a winter-weight shawl anyway and next winter I can give it a true workout. For now, I am putting it away and flinging myself into slightly lighter knitting for the summer (Ack! How much time left before the state fair?!).