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Melancholy shawl knitting pattern

Melancholy Shawl grew out of one of my free knitting patterns Melancholy Scarf. As the name states, it is a scarf. Meaning it’s in smaller scale.

I had a lot of requests for a larger form of this pattern, and I honestly did try…

And I couldn’t…

The thing is, I was in a weird emotional state when I wrote Melancholy Scarf. I was sad, missing my husband, very melancholic about things (obviously, that’s where the name came from). I’m rarely like that.

As soon as I tried to start writing it again, I felt this huge wall in front of me. My brain couldn’t wrap itself around it (is that even an expression?). I tried countless times, falling flat every time.

Until I felt that feeling again…

This time it was my Grandmother (my knitting guru). She’s old, and ready to go on her last adventure. That made me feel melancholic all over again.

And that’s how this pattern came alive… again…

Melancholy Shawl

Pattern contains written instructions as well as charts as always.

It is the largest pattern I have ever written, it has a total of 48 pages. 18 pages of written instructions, and 30 pages of charts. Written pattern and charts are separated so you can only print out the part you need.

Melancholy Shawl is knitted from side to side, like Melancholy Scarf, and all the fun little details are the same.

Shawl measurements are:

  • Longest part from side to side is about 111 cm / 43.5 inches;
  • Longest part from up to down is about 65 cm / 25.5 inches;

And you will need:

  • 100 g to 150 g (492 to 738 yards) of fingering yarn – I used ALIZE Cashmira Fine, 100% wool, color 122;
  • long or circular needles in size 3 mm / US 3;
  • cable needle (if needed);
  • sewing needle (to hide yarn ends);

Melancholy Shawl

Tech needed:

  • k – knit;
  • p – purl;
  • kfbf – knit into one stitch front, back and front again (3 stitches out of one);
  • YO – yarn over;
  • YOx2 – yarn over twice;
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together;
  • p2tog – purl 2 stitches together;
  • p2tog x 4 – purl 2 stitches together four times;
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit slipped stitches together;
  • sk2p – slip, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over;
  • 5/5CL – place 5 sts on the cable needle and hold in front of the work, knit 5 sts from your working needle, and then knit 5 sts from cable needle;
  • 4/4CL – place 4 sts on the cable needle and hold in front of the work, knit 4 sts from your working needle, and then knit 5 sts from cable needle;
  • RH – right hand;
  • st(s) – stitch(es);
  • wrap & turn – yarn in back, slip one stitch from left hand needle to right hand needle, bring yarn in front, and slip that stitch back; now turn your work, and continue with next row;

Melancholy Shawl

Pattern is not hard, but if it’s your first lace knitting project, I wouldn’t recommend starting with this one. If you’re not sure, then try Melancholy Scarf first before spending your money. I do not want you to be disappointed.


If you feel like you want something interesting for a change, then this is the pattern for you. Go here, add the pattern in the cart, view it to make sure everything is correct, and proceed to checkout. You’ll be knitting in no time.


Melancholy Shawl

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