Knitting Pattern: Wyvern Tail Shawl

A whimsical shawl pattern that has it all: season-spanning, easy knitting, customizable. And it’s stash-busting, to boot!

Whimsical flappy little dragon scales are started separately then attached as you knit the body of this boomerang-shaped shawl.

teal shawl on shoulders of dress form, colorful tabs and instarsia work detail

The pattern is appropriate for adventurous beginners and intermediate knitters. You really get a lot of pop from simple garter stitch on this design.

What’s a Wyvern?

line drawing of a dragon with claws, wings and a pointed tail

A wyvern is a two-legged dragon. You’ve probably seen them as mascots and in fantasy stories. Someone mentioned that the piece I was knitting looked like a dragon tail with scales, and thus the name was born!

The Yarn

Fine Weight Yarn-2 Craft Yarn Council

Pick a single skein of fingering yarn for the main color and your favorite mini skein set for the tabs. Or use up those leftover bits from other projects for the pops of color.

small skeins of yellow, brown, plum, orange and turquoise yarn-Rebel without a stitch colorway squishy skeinettes

You’ll need about 355 yards [325 meters] of the main color (MC) and 45 yards [41 meters] each of five contrasting colors (A-E). The sample used Anzula Squishy (80% superwash merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon), 4 oz [114 g], 385 yd [352 m]), 1 skein in color Jade (MC) and Anzula Squishy Skeinettes (same fiber content, 5 skeins of .7 oz [20 g], 67 yd [61 m] each), 1 pack in colorway Rebel Without a Stitch (A-E)

The yarn really is squishy and lovely to work with. And don’t you just love the name of that color pack?

close up view of colorful garter stitch tabs on teal garter stitch background

The Pattern

first page of Wyvern Tail Shawl

The pdf pattern has been professionally tech edited, and the pattern has been test knit to ensure accuracy.

This is a fun project that lends itself to customization. You’ll quickly get the hang of attaching the tabs, and you might decide to add even more. Try a color changing yarn for the background or the contrasting tabs, and see what happens.

And when you finish your own Wyvern Tail Shawl, please share it and tag me (@edieeckman) on social media, so we can all admire it!

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