In anticipation of last year’s Avengers Infinity War being released, I took to my needles and made my Captain America Shawl:
The pattern for this lovely piece is A Little Old Fashioned by Lalíe Roque.
I’ve been waiting (not so) patiently for the release of Endgame, but before that happened, I fell in love with a new Marvel hero: Captain Marvel. She kicks ass. She is what the MCU has been waiting for. There have been strong female representation (I’m looking at you, Black Widow), but by FAR, we’ve seen men taking the lead while women are (typically) in need of rescue. Not with Captain Marvel. During the big fight scene at the end, I couldn’t help but get more excited about Endgame, because I’m just waiting to see this strong woman face against Thanos, and I don’t think he’s gonna stand a chance.
I saw Endgame last night with my usual MCU movie watching gang, and once again, I wanted to wear something knitted. As amazing is Cap is, there’s a new Captain in town. So I took to my needles.
I made this:
I didn’t use a pattern to create this shawl; I used four.
I was HEAVILY inspired and influenced by Taking Flight by Katherine Belisle. Her shawl is a masterpiece. It’s made with worsted yarn, complete with lovely lace panels and pattern repeats. Simply stunning. Unfortunately, I was under a time deadline with fingering weight readily available. So, I improvised.
My shawl follows the semi-circular recipe from 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport. It was a very simple, easy to remember garter pattern, and I followed the colour structure outlined in Taking Flight. Towards the end of the shawl, I wanted the bottom border to be different, so I pondered for a few days trying to figure out how to finish it off. Many years ago, I made the Storm Cloud Shawlette by Hanna Breetz, featuring a very simple but effective ‘elongated’ garter stitch, providing me the perfect way to finish off this shawl. Finally, I was struggling for the 8 point star before I found the Star Afghan by Bernat Design Studio, which provided the stitch structure needed to create said star. It all came together into my wonderfully marvelous shawl for Captain Marvel.
I am utterly thrilled with this shawl. Thrilled. What’s wonderful about it also is that it is more subtle than the Captain shield, so this piece could be more versatile than the shield, meaning I could incorporate this into my every day wardrobe, and only those in the know would really appreciate how nerdy it is.