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Ella Shawl

December 5, 2010

Ella Shawl

Ella is a medium sized, shawl with tassels. I used two strands of Indigo Moon Fingering Weight in Olive and 7mm needles. You may also use an aran weight yarn. The measurements for this pattern are approximate. You may end up with a larger or smaller shawl depending on your gauge, and choice of yarn and needles. Please note: this shawl has a 4 stitch centre spine. Enjoy!

1,400 meters of sock yarn (used double) or
700 meters of aran weight yarn (used single)
7mm needles (best to use 32″ or longer circulars)
2 stitch markers

Gauge (not crucial)
14 sts and 24 rows in stockinette stitch

approximately 60″ x 25″ after blocking

K = knit
P = purl
KFB = knit into front and back of next stitch
YO = yarn over needle to make 1 stitch
YF = yarn forward
YB = yarn back
MRK = stitch marker
SLM = slip stitch marker
PM = place marker

Please do not slip first stitch of every row.


Set Up:
Cast on 5 stitches
Knit two rows
Next row: K1, KFB 3 times, K1
Next row: K2, KFB 4 times, K2
Next row: K3, YO, P1, YO, PM, P4, PM, YO, P1, YO, K3
You now have 16 stitches on the needle.

Row 1: K3, YO, K to next marker, YO, SLM, K4, SLM, YO, K to last 3 sts, YO, K3
Row 2: K3, P all stitches and YOs, slipping markers to last 3 sts, K3
Row 3: K3, YO, K to next marker, YO, SLM, K4, SLM, YO, K to last 3 sts, YO, K3
Row 4: K3, YF, YO, P all stitches and YOs, slipping markers to last 3 sts, YO, YB, K3

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 another 23 times.

Start Ribbing:
Ribbing Row 1: K3, YO, *K3, P3*, repeat ** to next marker, YO, SLM, K4, SLM, YO, repeat ** to last 3 sts, YO, K3
Ribbing Row 2: K3, YO, work ribbing to next marker, SLM, P4, SLM, work ribbing to last 3 sts, YO, K3 (work YO’s in ribbing pattern)

Work Ribbing Rows 1 and 2 another 18 times. Cast Off.

Make tassels, attach to ends of shawl.

Weave in yarn ends.

©copyright 2010 Annie Lee. This pattern may be used for non-commercial, personal use only. It may not be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Jo Annie permalink
    January 20, 2011 8:01 pm

    This is a beautiful shawl, I’m making one in a rich mustard color.
    Thank you sonmuch for providing the free pattern, your work is amazing.

    • January 22, 2011 1:08 am

      Hi Jo Annie!
      It’ll be beautiful in mustard! Would love to see a photo when you are finished! Enjoy the pattern!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    October 17, 2011 12:24 am

    I love this pattern, i’ve decided to knit it up in Madelinetosh’s “tart” in DK, i can’t wait to wear it! I still have to figure out how to make tassels though. Thank you for the pattern!

  3. Anonymous permalink
    September 11, 2012 1:55 am

    Thank you so much for this pattern. We are buying a home near the ocean and I want to hang four handmade shawls near the door for guests to throw over their shoulders when we go out to sit….Thank you again.

  4. February 25, 2013 1:56 pm

    Hello there!!! I left you a message on Ravelry because I am having a hard time with your patterns Ella And Raspberry for the eyelets on the neck side………. Thank you for reading and helping!

  5. Phyllis permalink
    January 18, 2016 9:00 am

    the picture shows rib at the point of shawl but no instructions for rib at beginning.
    is this a mistake I like the rib start not plain as indicated by instructions.

    • Lisa Ogilvie permalink
      June 28, 2021 4:21 am

      The shawl is knit top down and the ribbing starts after you have worked the repeat rows 1-4 23 times, which puts the ribbing on the edge of the shawl.

  6. Sally Hannigan permalink
    April 4, 2019 3:53 pm

    Is it worked from the bottom point up? I just started, and am confused about where the ribbing will come in, and if the shape will be right. Is the beginning of the pattern the bottom point?


    • Sally Hannigan permalink
      April 5, 2019 9:30 am

      Thank you so much for your response! It is starting to take shape and I can see the pattern now. Thanks for clarifying!

  7. annie permalink
    April 4, 2019 4:55 pm

    Hi Sally,

    This shawl is knit from the top down. The ribbing comes at the end. I hope you like knitting this design!


  8. Kirsten permalink
    October 19, 2019 5:51 pm

    In the second rubbing row, where do the markers go?
    It reads “Ribbing Row 2: K3, YO, work ribbing to next marker, P4, work ribbing to last 3 sts, YO, K3 (work YO’s in ribbing pattern)”
    I’m guessing it means
    Ribbing Row 2: K3, YO, work ribbing to next marker, SLM, P4, SLM, work ribbing to last 3 sts, YO, K3 (work YO’s in ribbing pattern)

    I am bad at undoing stitches and don’t want to ruin this beautiful pattern by misunderstanding! Thanks in advance!

    • October 19, 2019 10:22 pm

      yes, that is correct. I’ll adjust the wording of the pattern. Thanks!

      • Kirsten permalink
        October 22, 2019 3:52 pm

        Thank you! I wasn’t trying to be nitpicky, this is just my first complicated project in a while and I’d hate to ruin it! Such a lovely pattern, thank you for sharing! ♥️

  9. Anonymous permalink
    March 14, 2020 12:48 am

    Hello, I am doing the set up, and I am wondering if the next rows are worked on the right side only or if it is alternating right side wrong side?

  10. Kathi permalink
    December 14, 2020 7:53 pm

    The instructions say you need 1400 meters of sock yarn (used double). Will both colors require 1400 meters? Or is the 1400 meters be between the two yarns with each needing 700 meters?

    • Anonymous permalink
      June 28, 2021 3:51 pm

      You need 700 of two yarns. 🙂

  11. Maria P permalink
    August 16, 2021 9:47 am

    If I p3 in the set up stage, I am 2 sts short. I tried p1 in the center and I still ended up w 17 to have k3 sts at the end. What am I doing wrong?? Thanks


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