Winds of Change: Cierzo Shawlette by Luise O'Neill

Winds of Change: Cierzo Shawlette

April 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch, blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
5.0 mm (H)
458 yards (419 m)
Top edge: 46" / 117cm; centre back depth: 18" / 46cm; lower edge: 120" / 305cm.
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The Wind
A cierzo is a strong, dry wind that blows through the Ebro valley of Spain. Although more common in the autumn or winter it can happen any time of year ~ and so Cierzo, a little shawlette to help ward off its chill.

A little sister to the Winds of Change: Foehn shawl, this shawlette version is knit in Knit Picks Stroll Gradient – a lusciously soft next-to-the-skin creation. (see important gauge note below)

Cierzo is a heart-shaped shawl, knit from the bottom up, beginning with a Crochet Cast On (photo tutorial included). Stitches are decreased at the centre spine and outer edges to shape the shawl. Clever placement of the lace border pattern avoids a point at the spine - instead the points are offset on either side of the centre evoking a butterfly effect. A Double Drawstring Bind Off (photo tutorial included) is used to finish the top.


  • Two full sets of directions are included, one for chart users and a full set of written directions;**
  • A table giving specific st counts;
  • Two photo tutorials (for the Crochet Cast on and the Double Drawstring Bind Off).

4mm / US6 circular needle 32” / 81cm or size required to obtain gauge.
5mm / US8 crochet hook or two sizes larger than needle required for gauge (for the Crochet Cast On only).

It is important to match gauge exactly and consistently – the sample used all but 3.5yds / 3.2m of the 1 yarn cake. If in doubt, it is recommended that an extra cake be ordered; the matching colour end can then be used to finish the top of the shawlette.

Stockinette stitch: 24 sts and 31 rows over 4” / 10cm, blocked (washed and laid flat to dry).

Chart 3 pattern: 8-st rep measures 1.75” / 4.5cm; 16-row rep measures 2.5” / 6.5cm, blocked.

Stitch markers (removable and regular), pins for blocking, tapestry needle.

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Tech Editors: RedSquirrel and FirSprite.
Photography: Knit Picks.
My stitch muse -- Annie Maloney.