Angel in the Making Shawl


How ya doin’? I am feeling the beginnings of the Christmas spirit after a trip to Fortnum & Mason (you didn’t know I was so posh, did you?) at the weekend. The decorations were up and the music was playing and I won’t lie to you; I liked it! 6 weeks is a long time to maintain enthusiasm, but I will enjoy it while it lasts…

Anyways, last week I wrote about the inspiration for the Twilight Flowers designs in the Klee Collection. This week I’d like to share the inspiration for the Angel in the Making designs.

Angel in the Making by Paul Klee

Engel im Werden (Angel in the Making) 1934.

To me, Klee’s painting was quite abstract until I considered the title, which seems to resolve the shapes into a body with round head, diagonally arranged wings, and a triangle base (feet? tail feathers?) with a cross in the dark sky next to the angel, anchoring its meaning with the weight of traditional religious symbolism. I like the idea of abstract shapes resolving into recognizable figures, with the suggestion of movement in time and form as the shapes come together to form something new.

I took this concept into knit with the idea of an evolving lace stitch; one that starts as only an eyelet, and then grows and develops, becoming a more complicated with the eyelets multiplying and resolving themselves into pretty lace patterns.

The Angel in the Making shawl was the result.


Using 2 skeins of beautiful Walk Collection Cosy Merino, in colours choosen from the painting, the shawl begins with a garter tab cast on and is worked as a standard triangular shawl until most of the first skein is used up. Then the contrast colour–for this sample a beautiful red in the colourway Lipstick–is joined to the corner and knit together with the body of the shawl as it progresses. This allowed both the width of the border and the lace pattern within it to grow and change. The other side is worked in the mirror image and finally the mitred square of the end is knit.

I found that the short lace rows were more-ish, and, although not really conducive to television knitting, the changing stitch pattern lead to a just-one-more kind of feeling, and I loved knitting it.

Angel in the Making Shawl 2  by Renée Callahan

In a few hours I will pick the winner for the #twilightflowersknit giveaway, and begin the #angelinthemakingknit give away. To win a copy of the Angel in the Making Shawl and Angel in the Making pullover (about which more later….), please follow elkrenee on instagram, repost this post and tag 2 friends in the repost. Please be sure to use #angelinthemakingknit or I won’t be able to find you!

Happy knitting,




4 thoughts on “Angel in the Making Shawl

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