Xenia by Vanessa Smith


July 2011
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
490 - 500 yards (448 - 457 m)
One size.
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Xenia is a generously sized, crescent shaped shawl that can be worn casually or for evenings out on the town in your favorite little black dress. With its ability to be worn in many ways, this shawl is sure to become a favorite in your personal knitwear wardrobe or to make a great gift for a shawl‑loving friend.

The shawl’s body features a simple horizontal ridge detail to lend visual interest to an otherwise stockinette fabric. A beautifully scalloped knitted-on border adds an elegant finishing touch. Instructions are provided for making this shawl with one or two colors.

One Size

Finished Measurements
67” (170 cm) along top edge and 14” (36 cm) deep at center, after blocking

Shawl size is easily modified, as noted in the pattern.

Approximately 560 yards (512 meters) sport weight yarn (two-color version: 271 yards (248 meters) main color, 289 yards (264 meters) contrasting color)


  • US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 32” (81 cm) or longer
  • (1) US 6 (4 mm) double pointed needle or spare needle


20 sts and 30 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.

* Tapestry needle