Upolu shawl - knitting pattern

Upolu where Robert Louis Stevenson resided at the end of his life is one of the smallest islands of Samoa, in the South Pacific. Lost in the middle of the ocean Upolu is a beautiful island, full of charm, adventure and history. I thought of it when I created this shawl for a friend. The delicate blue, pink and violet of the yarn used reminded me the colour of the early sunset over the Pacific, when the light appears over the white foam of the sea, after a dark night. Upolu starts at the neck with a garter tab cast on. It unfolds outward in a circular shape, using a technique adapted from Elizabeth Zimmerman. The knitting mixes lace, garter stitch and mesh. Finally it is edged with a perpendicular lace border, which is joined as you go.

Size Maximum depth: 19 in (49 cm). Wingspan (from one point to the other): 64 in (162 cm).

Gauge Varies slightly according to the section: Section 3: 24 st and 25 rows. Section 5: 24 st and 27 rows. Section 7: 19 sts and 31 rows.


  • Step to step instructions
  • Charts
  • Illustrated tutorial for garter tab cast on
  • Table for counting stitches in each row
  • Us imperial Measurement/Metric measurement

Materials you need at home:

  • Yarn A Lana Grossa, Cool wool baby (100% merino, 1.76 oz/50 g, 241 yds/220 m), colour 213, white 2 balls.
  • Yarn B Life in the long grass (LITLG), Hand dyed yarn (100% Superwash merino, 3.53 oz/100 g, 437 yds/400m), colour rosehip 1 skein.
  • One circular needle US 3 (3.5 mm), 32 in (80 cm) minimum.
  • Two stitch markers.
  • Optional 11 stitch markers to mark the repeats of section 3.
  • One tapestry needle.
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