Calliope's Wings by Malaika Gabriel

Calliope's Wings

March 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in solid fabric (rows 10 & 11) - blocked
3.5 mm (E)
800 yards (732 m)
62"/158 cm wide and 26"/66 cm deep at tallest point after blocking
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This pattern was originally published as Twisted Yarn Shop’s contribution to the 2020 Rose City Yarn Crawl in Portland, Oregon. The pattern is available as part of the 2020 Pattern Collection: Birds of the Pacific Northwest.

This airy triangular crocheted shawl features lush texture and delicate scalloped edging. It is inspired by the Calliope Hummingbird, in turn named for the wisest Greek muse. Notable as the smallest birds in North America, their glossy green and iridescent magenta feathers encourage bold color choices when crocheting your own wings. The Audubon Society predicts that climate change will largely push Calliopes out of their summer nesting habitat in Oregon’s high mountain meadows by 2080.

800 yards fingering weight yarn, optionally split between two colors (400 yards each).

Two-color version shown in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle, colorways Cranberry Bogged (A) and Twisted’s 10th Anniversary Speck-tacular (B).

One-color version shown in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight, colorway Party on a Skein.

US E/3.5mm or size to obtain gauge

Locking stitch marker
Darning needle

Skill Level
Advanced Beginner

Blocked gauge for mesh fabric is approximately 17 sts and 7.5 rows = 4”/10 cm.

Blocked gauge for solid fabric is approximately 17 sts and 18 rows = 4”/10 cm.

~This shawl is stretchy enough to make specifying gauge a challenge. Exactly matching the stated gauge is not crucial for form or function, but will affect finished size and yarn usage.

Finished Measurements
62”/158 cm wide and 26”/66 cm deep at tallest point after blocking

58”/147 cm wide and 35”/89 cm deep at tallest point before blocking

~Garment is very stretchy, so blocking will drastically affect the final size