Alegranza Shawl - Knitting

Alegranza is a small island on the Canary archipelago, uninhabited a heaven for birds and with dry vegetation. It is a very special place and very yellow. I made the main version in yellow-green colour and a complementary version in golden yellow!

This Alegranza shawl is also special. It looks complicated but in fact it is a lace shawl for beginners, very easy to knit. You start with a garter tab cast on (a tuto is joined to the pattern) and then you work the lace pattern, which is easy to memorize and knit. After making few swatches I selected a lace pattern found in a Barbara Walker book (Eyelet Puff). It is a little bumpy and you cannot make it lie completely flat, except for the last row. So, the pattern starts closed like flower bud and finishes open like mature flower. I love it. I chose one of my favourite edgings, classical and easy to memorize. For fun, and to help to follow the rows, I have added some beads. The shawl is lightweight, graceful and feminine. The perfect piece to bring on a journey! In the main version the motifs are staggered; in the complementary version the motifs are centered one on top of the other.


  • Illustrated knitting tutorial
  • 2 tutorials with photos
  • Diagrams
  • One size
  • Intermediate difficulty level

Materials you need at home:

  • Size , 1 size wingspan - 135cm (53in) ; depth - 36cm (14in)
  • Gauge , 10 cm x 10 cm (4 in x 4 in) 18 sts and 19 rows with 3.75 mm (US 5) needles and lace yarn through lace pattern, after blocking.
  • Needles and Hook , 3.75 mm (US 5) circular needle 80 cm (31 in).
    , 0,6 mm or 0,7 mm hoo
  • Yarn , The shawl is knitted with lace yarn. The model is adaptable to a heavier yarn, as long as it can be strongly blocked (avoid acrylic).
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Pauline Walter

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