Truly timeless in its styling, the Cygnus shawl pattern is another of the great knitting patterns from Keya Kuhn. It features a Fairfax lace edging that first appeared in print form the 1800s in Weldon’s Practical Knitter. (And, speaking of printed materials, this pattern is featured in John Martin’s book Wool and Wine.)
You’ll use a variety of knitted lace constructions, including two center panels of “Wings of the Swan” lace in creating what is sure to become a treasured heirloom. The Cygnus shawl looks its finest when knitted using a natural, undyed, single-ply wool.
The Cygnus Shawl looks best when made with fingering yarn that gauges at 6 rows of 5 stitches of stocking stitch to an inch. You’ll need US 7 (4.5mm) needles and 1000-1200 yards of yarn to make a shawl that measures 21 inches wide by 79 inches wide.