Charlize by Vanessa Smith


December 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32.5 rows = 4 inches
in k4, p2 rib
US 6 - 4.0 mm
375 - 440 yards (343 - 402 m)
Small lace with large ruffle/Large lace with small ruffle - easily customized
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Charlize is an elegant yet modern, crescent-shaped shawlette that knits up beautifully in both semisolid and variegated yarns and can be worn casually or formally. Worked from the top center and outward to the ruffled edging, the lace portion is simple enough for someone new to lace, while engaging enough for experienced lace knitters looking for a quick, fun knit. The rapid rate of increasing gives this unique accessory enough length to be worn as a scarf and also creates a curved shape that will wrap easily around the shoulders when worn as a shawl.

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

If you like the look of Charlize but love classic triangular shawls, check out Sacha, the triangular interpretation of this pattern! :)


Small lace with large ruffle (Large lace with small ruffle)

Finished Measurements

Both sizes approximately 66” (168 cm) along top edge and 10” (25 cm) deep at center, after blocking.


375 (440) yards / 343 (402) meters fingering weight yarn

Green shawl (small lace with large ruffle) pictured used a plied, merino/cashmere/nylon blend, fingering weight yarn.

Burgundy shawl (large lace with small ruffle) pictured used a single-ply, merino, fingering weight yarn.


US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 32” (80 cm) or longer


20 sts and 32.5 rows = 4” (10 cm) in k4, p2 rib, unblocked

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