Another stunning design by Chris of Ursa Major Knits, Da Vinci Wings is a modular knit, created in one piece, that allows for a huge range of possibilities both yarn-wise and color-wise.
Here is what Chris writes:
When I showed this shawl to a dear friend who is a science teacher he immediately felt reminded of Da Vinci’s flying machine. I looked it up and lo and behold he was spot on. Da Vinci had invented a device that would enable man to fly. Based on the flight of birds he designed a winged framework that could be steered by a pilot.
If you want to wrap yourself up in Da Vinci Wings, you can knit this shawl in several variations.
You can knit the full version that is made with two tiers: one large one small. The widest part of the large tier runs over 108 stitches. The widest part of the small tier runs over 54 stitches. If you knit only one tier, you can choose between the large or the small. Therefore, you can use any yarn weight. If you prefer dk or sport weight, I recommend that you knit the smaller tier.
The length can be adjusted by the number of modules you knit.
You will need two contrasting yarns. Yarn A for the “spokes” and Yarn B for the space between the spokes. The amount will depend on the size you want to knit....
Da Vinci Wings is a modular knit, but you will add the modules as you go. There is no seaming involved.
Since all the modules are slightly different you will find the instructions for each individual module. Because the instructions are given in written AND in charted form I have created two shorter pdfs rather than one very large one. One with the written instructions only and one with just the charts. Both versions contain complete guidelines and graphics. They are enriched with ample photo tutorials on the techniques of shaping and joining the modules.
This makes Da Vinci Wings a doable project for most knitters.
The Yarn and Colorways
We do not have the exact yarn that Chris used in her original to offer in kit form. You can see our selection in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.
The pattern is written so that you can duplicate what Chris knit and make a piece that includes both the Large Tier and Small Tier. This gave her a scarf that was roughly 90" in wingspan and 14" in depth.
It required 1,420 yards of Yarn B (for the "spokes") 0and 375 yards of Yarn A (for the spaces between the "spokes").
Or you can simply make the Large Tier by itself or the Small Tier by itself. The Small Tier requires 125 yards of Yarn A + 370 yards of Yarn B; the Large needs 250 yards + 1,050 yards repectively.
Our kits will include enough fingering weight yarns for a Large Tier. If you would like to add to it, let me know and I will work with you as long as we have stock.
---Yarn A is different for each kit as described below. For each one we will be including two skeins of our Yarn A's so you will have more than enough for your shawl.
---For both kits, we chose Katia's Infinity Shawl yarn to give a color-changing aspect of Yarn B. Each skein is 100% virigin wool and with 656 yards (600m)/ 150g. Two balls will be in each kit to give you 1,312 yards, again well more than you will need.
Kit #1: (Sorry, sold out)
Here we borrowed a page from one of Chris's original pieces and made the Yarn A also a color-changing yarn. Amitola is a 75% wool/ 25% silk with 273 yards (250m)/ 50g ball. This colorway is called Cabaret and has long color runs of wine into purple
Color #312 is a rich deep teal blinding gradually into lighter and lighter turquoise tones into sea foam. Cool and perfect for any mermaids swimming around.
Here we are making the Yarn A of this kit the Staccato in Velvet, a deep and rich dark violet. Staccato is from Shibui, each skein with 70% superwash merino/ 30% silk and having 191 yards/ 50g.
Color #301 is a lovely sort-of-neutral, with a faint rosy glow moving into beige to ecru. Reminds me of dawn just before the sun breaks over the horizon. (Two balls in each kit.)
The Imperial in Staccato picks up the rosiness of the Katia though it is much deeper and richer -- I think the look is awesome and quite delicious.
The kit will not automatically include the pattern.
I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Chris via her Ravelry web page. If this is your choice, make sure the drop-down menu above labeled "Pattern" is set to "No Pattern Needed." (That just means you are getting it elsewhere and not from us.)
Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that.
We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do so right before I ship your kit).