Mayfly Shawl

a garter stitch bonanza



In the summer, when the Mayflies circle above our heads, the light shines through their wings to create a delicate blaze of structure and color. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the Mayfly shawl is knit from the top down using short rows. The pattern is designed to be knit in two complementary or contrasting colors. However, for a motivated stash buster, the color options on this shawl are endless, because every stripe could be knit in a new color.

one size

Plucky Knitter Bello (55% Merino & 45% Cashmere / 105g skein) or other fingering weight yarn: 
Main Color : 300 yards
Contrasting Color : 300 yards

Wingspan: 72 inches
Depth: 9.5 inches

2 sets of US 6 (4mm) of 32-inch (80 cm) circular needles (NOTE: If you do not own 2 pairs of US 6 (4mm) 32-inch (80) needles, you can use a piece of scrap yarn or a second set of smaller needles to hold stitches.)

20 stitches & 48 rows = 4 inches in GARTER stitch

stitch marker & tapestry needle

short row knitting & kitchener stitch

adventurous beginner