Madeleine's Vintage Shawl by Elisa Purnell

Madeleine's Vintage Shawl

January 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
Pattern: (dc, ch-1). 5 dc and 4 ch-1's = 2 inches
5.5 mm (I)
620 - 700 yards (567 - 640 m)
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9/27/09: Added gauge information to pattern. Gauge is very flexible on this project. The gauge I used is given as a guideline.


  • 5 ounces (142 grams) fingering-weight alpaca yarn
  • US size “I” crochet hook
  • Stitch markers

This pattern is my version of a shawl created 40-50 years ago by a friend’s mother.

The top section is worked in a circle, then folded in half to form a half-moon. The lace edging is worked through both pieces of fabric. It starts the same width as the top but increases rapidly so it folds and swirls as you move.

The folded section makes this shawl warmer across the shoulders and the swirly edge gives it a graceful, feminine feel - the best of all worlds.

I made this with fingering-weight alpaca but it would work just as well with almost any weight yarn and corresponding crochet hook.