American Kestrel Shawl by Cindy Abernethy

American Kestrel Shawl

March 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
868 yards (794 m)
75" Wide x 25" Tall
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Written instructions for Horizontal Band:
Row 9: k3, sm, yo, k3, (k1, k2tog, yo, k5) repeat from ( to ) until next marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k2tog, yo, k5, k1, k2tog, yo, k5 repeat from * to * until 4 sts before next marker, k4, yo, sm, k3

On page 7, the top chart is the Lace Section. The smaller chart at the bottom of the page is the Horizontal Band.

This pattern was originally published as Pearl Fiber Arts’ contribution to the 2020 Rose City Yarn Crawl in Portland, Oregon. The pattern is also part of the 2020 Pattern Collection: Birds of the Pacific Northwest.

If you see a small raptor floating in the air looking for prey, you might be seeing an American Kestrel. The smallest of the raptor family, its blue/brown/white feathers are lovely. If you hear the cry, “Klee! Klee! Klee!” it’s a male looking for love. This shawl has a broad wingspan so you can swoop it around your shoulders with ease and soar through whatever temperature changes you encounter.

(2) skeins Buxom Cat Knits I’m Single, (100% SW Merino; 434 yds/115g); shown in shop exclusive colorways; Klee Klee (MC) and Shake a Tailfeather (CC)

32” to 40” long circular needle in size US 4/3.5mm or size needed to obtain gauge

(4) stitch markers
Darning needle to weave in ends

Skill Level

26 sts x 36 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch before blocking

Finished Measurements
Approximately 75” wide, 25” tall after blocking