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Hi! I am a former professional guitarist who at least for now am very grateful to be designing full time.

I made all my clothes and jewelry as a hippie girl many years ago, and had a little ...

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Glenallen Shawl

from Design by Dee
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Glenallen Shawl
Glenallen Shawl
Glenallen Shawl
Glenallen Shawl
Glenallen Shawl
Glenallen Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Increases and Decreases

Pattern Description:

Glenallen is a contemporary, top-down triangular lace shawl. Glenallen is offered as a charted pattern with large, easy-to-read charts and very detailed instructions on how to use them. Also included are comprehensive blocking instructions. The size of the shawl may be easily customized by working more or less chart repeats of the main body pattern.

Shown in lace weight yarn, Glenallen would look lovely in fingering weight as well. A solid or tonal yarn is highly recommended to showcase the intricacy of the design.

I will admit that I've always been a bit obsessed with the 1920sthe amazing clothing, silent movies and in particular the Art Deco design that began to flourish in the decade. When I first saw the pattern for the body of this shawl in a stitch dictionary, I knew I had to incorporate it into a shawl design. It reminded me of the interlocking mosaic marble floor tiles that one might find in the lobby of an elegant hotel circa 1925. I could just see Gloria Swanson, the silent movie queen, making a grand entrance, sashaying across this tile floor while dramatically flinging a beautiful shawl across her shoulder.

After revising the pattern to make the diamonds different sizes to add visual interest, I added an intricate chevron border with various Art Deco motifs ending in scallops that represent the graceful archways indicative of the styleand Glenallen was born!

Glenallen is the dressy, big sister design to my Wilshire Shawl, which also uses Art Deco motifs and has a revised version of the more open mesh Glenallen border.


Gauge is not really important in lace knitting, but the main shawl pictured was knitted at a gauge of 5 st = 1" blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 76" x 38" Medium shawl pictured
  • 86" x 43" Large shawl pictured
  • 66" x 33" Small shawl
  • 56" x 28" Shawlette


  • Approx. 800-900 yards of lace weight yarn to make the medium sized shawl, which pictured in red and was knitted with Madelinetosh Tosh Lace in the Tart colorway.
  • If you wish to knit a larger shawl like the one pictured in blue, you will need approx. 1000-1110 yards of Jaggerspun Zephyr 2/18 Lace weight yarn in the Ice Blue colorway.
  • Smaller sizes are also available using between 500-750 yards of lace weight, and fingering weight may be substituted as well.
  • US #3 circular needles, 32" long
  • 2 sizes larger DPN needle to bind off (optional)

You Will Also Need:

  • T-pins for blocking
  • Stitch Markers
  • Blocking Mats (nice to have but you can always use your bed!)