Alexandrite Shawl

June’s birthstone is the ever-changing alexandrite. This is a bottom-up crescent shawl inspired by the colorful alexandrite stone which ranges in colors from pink to purple to green to blue and more. The size and shape of the shawl lends itself to be worn traditionally or draped around the neck, enhancing any outfit for any occasion.

(P.S. Pearl is an alternative birthstone for June. You can knit this shawl in the eggshell colorway if you wish to have a pearl version of this shawl.)

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 47” x 17” (blocked and unpinned)
This is the size of the sample, please keep in mind the size of your shawl will vary depending on your yarn yardage.

Gauge: 26 sts x 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.

Material

Yarn:

Super fine weight yarn Expression Fiber Arts Superwash Merino Silk Pearlescent Fingering (50% Merino, 50% Silk; 550 yards (503 meters)/115 grams): June Alexandrite, 1 skein.
Needles: US size 8 (5 mm): straight or circular; US size 5 (3.75 mm): straight or circular
Notions: Tapestry needle; 13 stitch markers (optional)

Abbreviations

RS – right side
WS – wrong side
CO – cast on
BO – bind off
pm – place marker
sm – slip marker
st(s) – stitch(es)
dec – decrease
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two stitches together
p2tog – purl two stitches together
yo – yarn over

Special Stitches

Ssk (slip, slip, knit)
Sl 2 sts as if to knit, k2tog through the back loop.

Ssp (slip, slip, purl)
Sl 2 sts as if to knit, purl them together through the back loop.

Sssk (Sl, sl, sl, knit)
Sl 3 sts as if to knit, k2tog through the back loop.

CDD (Center Double Decrease)
Sl 2 sts together as if to knit, knit next st, pass sl sts over the knit st.

Dec 5-to-1
Sl 3 sts together as if to knit, k2tog, pass 3 sl sts over the k2tog st.

Lace Pattern

Row 1: K3, sm, (k15, p5, k3, p5, sm) 11 times, k15, sm, k3 329 sts.
Row 2: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k5, p3, k5, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 3: K3, sm, (k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, p5, yo, CDD, yo, p5, sm) 11 times, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, sm, k3.
Row 4: K3, sm, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm, (k5, p3, k5, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 5: K3, sm, (k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, p5, k1, yo, ssk, p5, sm) 11 times, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, sm, k3.
Row 6: K3, sm, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm, (k5, p3, k5, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 7: K3, sm, (k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, p5, k3, p5, sm) 11 times, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, sm, k3.
Row 8: K3, sm, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm, (k5, p3, k5, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 9: K3, sm, (k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, p5, yo, CDD, yo, p5, sm) 11 times, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, sm, k3.
Row 10: K3, sm, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm, (k5, p3, k5, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 11: K3, sm, (k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, p5, k1, yo, ssk, p5, sm) 11 times, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, sm, k3.
Row 12: K3, sm, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm, (k5, p3, k5, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 13: K3, sm, (k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, p5, k3, p5, sm) 11 times, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, sm, k3.
Row 14: K3, sm, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm, (k5, p3, k5, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 15 (Dec): K3, sm, (yo, ssk, yo, k4, sssk, k4, yo, k2tog, yo, p4, yo, Dec 5-to-1, yo, p4, sm) 11 times, yo, ssk, yo, k4, sssk, k4, yo, k2tog, yo, sm, k3 307 sts.
Row 16: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k4, p3, k4, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 17: K3, sm, (k1, yo, ssk, yo, k3, sssk, k3, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, p4, k1, yo, ssk, p4, sm) 11 times, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k3, sssk, k3, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, sm, k3.
Row 18: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k4, p3, k4, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 19: K3, sm, (k2, yo, ssk, yo, k2, sssk, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, p4, k3, p4, sm) 11 times, k2, yo, ssk, yo, k2, sssk, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, sm, k3.
Row 20: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k4, p3, k4, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 21: K3, sm, (k3, yo, ssk, yo, k1, sssk, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, p4, yo, CDD, yo, p4, sm) 11 times, k3, yo, ssk, yo, k1, sssk, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, sm, k3.
Row 22: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k4, p3, k4, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 23: K3, sm, k4, yo, ssk, yo, sssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k4, p4, k3, p4, sm) 11 times, k4, yo, ssk, yo, sssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k4, sm, k3.
Row 24: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k4, p3, k4, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 25: K3, sm, (k5, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, p4, k3, p4, sm) 11 times, k5, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, sm, k3.
Row 26: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k4, p3, k4, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 27: K3, (k6, yo, sssk, yo, k6, p4, yo, CDD, yo, p4, sm) 11 times, k6, yo, sssk, yo, k6, sm, k3.
Row 28: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k4, p3, k4, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 29: K3, sm, (k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, p4, k1, yo, ssk, p4, sm) 11 times, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, sm, k3.
Row 30: K3, sm, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm, (k4, p3, k4, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 31: K3, sm, (k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, p4, k3, p4, sm) 11 times, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, sm, k3.
Row 32: K3, sm, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm, (k4, p3, k4, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 33 (Dec): K3, sm, (k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, p3, yo, Dec 5-to-1, yo, p3, sm) 11 times, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, sm, k3 285 sts.
Row 34: K3, sm, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm, (k3, p3, k3, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 35: K3, sm, (k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, p3, k1, yo, ssk, p3, sm) 11 times, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, sm, k3.
Row 36: K3, sm, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm, (k3, p3, k3, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 37: K3, sm, (k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, p3, k3, p3, sm) 11 times, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, sm, k3.
Row 38: K3, sm, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm, (k3, p3, p3, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 39: K3, sm, (k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, p3, yo, cd, yo, p3, sm) 11 times, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, sm, k3.
Row 40: K3, sm, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm, (k3, p3, k3, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 41: K3, sm, (yo, ssk, yo, k4, sssk, k4, yo, k2tog, yo, p3, k1, yo, ssk, p3, sm) 11 times, yo, ssk, yo, k4, sssk, k4, yo, k2tog, yo, sm, k3.
Row 42: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k3, p3, k3, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 43: K3, sm, (k1, yo, ssk, yo, k3, sssk, k3, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, p3, k3, p3, sm) 11 times, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k3, sssk, k3, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, sm, k3.
Row 44: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k3, p3, k3, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 45: K3, sm, (k2, yo, ssk, yo, k2, sssk, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, p3, yo, CDD, yo, p3, sm) 11 times, k2, yo, ssk, yo, k2, sssk, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, sm, k3.
Row 46: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k3, p3, k3, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 47: K3, sm, (k3, yo, ssk, yo, k1, sssk, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, p3, k1, yo, ssk, p3, sm) 11 times, k3, yo, ssk, yo, k1, sssk, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, sm, k3.
Row 48: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k3, p3, k3, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 49: K3, sm, k4, yo, ssk, yo, sssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k4, p3, k3, p3, sm) 11 times, k4, yo, ssk, yo, sssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k4, sm, k3.
Row 50: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k3, p3, k3, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 51 (Dec): K3, sm, (k5, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, p2, yo, Dec 5-to-1, yo, p2, sm) 11 times, k5, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, sm, k3 – 263 sts.
Row 52: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k2, p3, k2, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 53: K3, (k6, yo, sssk, yo, k6, p2, k1, yo, ssk, p2, sm) 11 times, k6, yo, sssk, yo, k6, sm, k3.
Row 54: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k2, p3, k2, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 55: K3, sm, (k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, p2, k3, p2, sm) 11 times, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, sm, k3.
Row 56: K3, sm, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm, (k2, p3, k2, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 57: K3, sm, (k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, p2, yo, CDD, yo, p2, sm) 11 times, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, sm, k3.
Row 58: K3, sm, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm, (k2, p3, k2, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 59: K3, sm, (k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, p2, k1, yo, ssk, p2, sm) 11 times, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, sm, k3.
Row 60: K3, sm, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm, (k2, p3, k2, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 61: K3, sm, (k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, p2, k3, p2, sm) 11 times, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, sm, k3.
Row 62: K3, sm, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm, (k2, p3, k2, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 63 (Dec): K3, sm, (k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, p1, yo, Dec 5-to-1, yo, p1, sm) 11 times, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3, sm, k3 – 241 sts.
Row 64: K3, sm, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm, (k1, p3, k1, p2, ssp, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog, p2, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 65: K3, sm, (k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, p1, k1, yo, ssk, p1, sm) 11 times, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk, k1, sm, k3.
Row 66: K3, sm, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm, (k1, p3, k1, ssp, p2, yo, p7, yo, p2, p2tog, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 67: K3, sm, (yo, ssk, yo, k4, sssk, k4, yo, k2tog, yo, p1, k3, p1, sm) 11 times, yo, ssk, yo, k4, sssk, k4, yo, k2tog, yo, sm, k3.
Row 68: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k1, p3, k1, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 69: K3, sm, (k1, yo, ssk, yo, k3, sssk, k3, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, yo, CDD, yo, p1, sm) 11 times, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k3, sssk, k3, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, sm, k3.
Row 70: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k1, p3, k1, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 71: K3, sm, (k2, yo, ssk, yo, k2, sssk, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, p1, k1, yo, ssk, p1, sm) 11 times, k2, yo, ssk, yo, k2, sssk, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, sm, k3.
Row 72: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k1, p3, k1, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 73: K3, sm, (k3, yo, ssk, yo, k1, sssk, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, p1, k3, p1, sm) 11 times, k3, yo, ssk, yo, k1, sssk, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, sm, k3.
Row 74: K3, sm, p15, sm, (k1, p3, k, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 75 (Dec): K3, sm, (k4, yo, ssk, yo, sssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, Dec 5-to-1, yo, sm) 11 times, k4, yo, ssk, yo, sssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k4, sm, k3 – 219 sts.
Row 76: K3, sm, p15, sm, (p3, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 77: K3, sm, (k5, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, k1, yo, ssk, sm) 11 times, k5, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, sm, k3.
Row 78: K3, sm, p15, sm, (p3, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 79: K3, (k6, yo, sssk, yo, k6, k3, sm) 11 times, k6, yo, sssk, yo, k6, sm, k3.
Row 80: K3, sm, p15, sm, (p3, p15, sm) 11 times, k3.
Row 81 (Dec): K3, sm, (k15, CDD, sm) 11 times, k15, k3 197 sts.

Pattern Notes

This is a bottom up crescent shawl. The stitch count remains the same until the decrease rows, in which the stitch count decreases by 22 stitches each time.
When working the chart, the RS (ODD numbered) Rows are read from right to left. The WS (EVEN numbered) Rows are read left to right.

Pattern

With larger needles and using long-tail cast-on method, CO 329 sts
Change smaller needles.With larger needles and using long-tail cast-on method, CO 329 sts.

Set-up Row 1: Knit.
Set-up Row 2: K3, pm, k15, pm, (k28, pm) 11 times, k3 329 sts.
Work Lace Pattern Rows 1-82 following the written instructions or chart.
BO Row: P2tog, *sl st back to left hand needle, p2tog; rep from * until all sts have been worked.

Finishing

Block shawl and weave in ends.
Enjoy! yarn ball

 

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