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Perfect for two skeins of fingering-weight yarn.

When Stacie Dawson of Must Stash Yarns, Ana Clerc of Yarn Carnival, and I decided to team up to create a shawl pattern with their yarns, we took the golden age of the circus as our inspiration. At the turn of the twentieth century, the circus was a major event in American life and has a distinct look and ambience that still lives in our cultural memory.

This shawl, with a simple-to-knit, top-down crescent construction borrowed from the very talented designer Jennette Cross, is inspired by trapeze artist and aerial acrobatrix Leona Dare (1854–1922). Dare's signature performance was to grip onto a hot-air balloon by her teeth as it rose thousands of feet into the air. Now that's a high-wire act.


  • Color A: Yarn Carnival Goat Roper (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 400 yds / 366m per 100g skein): Velvet Curtain (dark magenta), 1 skein
  • Color B: Must Stash Yarns Dapper (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 400 yds / 366m per 100g skein); Lillian (pink), 1 skei
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Elizabeth Green Musselman
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Any merino or merino-blend sock yarn will work well for this pattern.
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