Windcatcher

The Windcatcher shawl is inspired by the harbour at the heart of my home city, Wellington, New Zealand. On a calm day, it’s a lovely place to take a walk (or sit with a coffee and knit). The harbour’s gentle waves and sparkling reflections are echoed in the shawl’s textured lace, and the sails of the boats and wings of seabirds are echoed in its asymmetrical triangular shape..

Skills & Techniques

  • Simple lace stitches (k, p, yo, k2tog, ssk)

  • The stitch pattern is intuitive, and WS rows are knit and purl only

  • The shawl is knit from one point to the triangle’s opposite side

  • Charts and written instructions are both provided in full

Materials Needed

  • 1 skein of Dark Harbour Yarn Starboard (70% superwash merino, 30% silk; 438yds/400m per 100g skein), or 438yds/400m of fingering-weight yarn

  • US 6 / 4mm circular needles (or needle size that gives you the right gauge)

  • A needle for weaving in the ends

  • Blocking pins and wires (optional but recommended)

Finished Measurements

  • Relaxed after blocking: 73.5”/187cm wingspan, and 17”/43cm depth

  • The shawl can be enlarged by working additional repeats of Sections A+B (with extra yarn).