Alivia by Vanessa Smith


March 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22.5 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
380 - 400 yards (347 - 366 m)
Garter Stitch (a bit smaller due to density of garter stitch fabric) & Lace versions (can be blocked quite larger due to nature of mesh lace)
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Alivia is a unique, triangular shawl worked from the bottom point to the upper edge. The beautiful lace border remains the focal point of the shawl and with two center stitch options, it can be worn either formally or casually. Modifying the size of the shawl to use less or more yarn, or a different weight of yarn, is as easy as repeating the second chart fewer or more times.

Pattern includes written and charted instruction. Pattern file revised and improved October 2018.

Finished Measurements

Lace Center Version: 54” (137 cm) wide; 23” (58 cm) deep

Garter Stitch Center Version: 50” (127 cm) wide; 19” (48 cm) deep


380 yards (347 meters) or more fingering weight yarn

Magenta shawl (garter stitch center) pictured used a plied, merino, fingering weight yarn.

Aqua shawl (lace center) pictured used a plied, silk/merino, fingering weight yarn.


US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 32” (80 cm), or size to obtain gauge or desired fabric


22.5 sts and 33 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, unblocked

Getting exact gauge is not critical, but it will affect the amount of yarn needed for your shawl.


  • (2) Stitch markers
  • (1) Split-ring or locking stitch marker (optional)
  • (1) Needle 3–4 sizes larger
  • Tapestry needle