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The Alayna shawl was designed for a friend who wanted an elegant and warm shawl for her bridesmaids. Pair it with a white shirt and jeans for a night out, over a dress, or wear it just to keep the chill away at home or office. You can style it in many ways.

CONSTRUCTION: The body of the shawl is knit flat in garter st and uses Judy’s Magic Cast-On as a provisional CO. Provisional sts are picked up to finish the left front side of the shawl. Detailed instructions are provided for creating the pleats that give the shawl its “built-in” drape. Buttons can be sewn on for an invisible look with options for a removable bow or pom-poms. Button holes are not needed due to the nature of the fabric.  

Skills Needed: Judy’s Magic Cast-On (tutorial links), instructions are included for: Z-Pleat and S-Pleat.

Needles: US #15 (10mm) 24” circular, or size to obtain gauge. US #15 straight needles can be used to knit the shawl, but circulars are required for the cast on. Two US #11 up to #15 (8-10mm) dpns for pleats. For pleats, dpn size does not affect gauge.

Picking a size: Please pick the pattern bust size that is closest to your actual bust size at the widest point. Please do no choose your clothing size or your bra band size--that just won’t work. This garment was designed with negative ease so that it stays on.

Yarn Substitution and Gauge: I do not recommend yarns that lack memory or have lots of drape. Please do a blocked swatch to get your gauge. If your blocked gauge is off, especially for the row gauge, then you may not have enough yarn to complete your shawl. If in doubt, always buy extra yarn. Yardage is approximate.

Notions: 3 split ring markers, stitch holder, tapestry needle, sewing needle, thread, three 1”-1 ¼” flat buttons (there are no button holes).

Optional Notions: satin ribbon bow, pom-poms, fingering weight yarn for i-cord, 1” shank button for
removable embellishments.

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit.

Written instructions
Special Techniques Section
Notes to easily adjust shawl size
All my patterns are tech edited and test knit to ensure accuracy and clear instructions.

This pattern is a copyright of Brenda Schack of BrenJS Knits. Credit must be given to BrenJS Knits when selling items made from this pattern. Pattern and photos can not be used for resale purposes. Please share your work with the hashtag #AlaynaShawl and #brenjsknits so that I can admire your knitting!
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