Alma Lou

I first made this shawlette for my mother, Alma, for her birthday. We call her Alma Lou, because her middle name is, quite surprisingly, Lucretia. I wanted something simple, with a bit of frou-frou, but not too much. Eyelets seemed to be the way to go, and on a garter background, they’re almost rustic. This is a simple pattern with enough interest to keep you going.


  • Finished Measurements: 54” wide from tip to tip, 16” deep at center back. The shawl pictured was fairly vigorously blocked.
  • Yarn: approximately 350-400 yards of fingering-weight yarn. I used Black Trillium Lilt in color Antique.
  • Needles: US4/3.5mm circular needle, 24” or longer, or size needed to get gauge.
  • Notions: stitch marker, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge: 24 sts = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch, measured after blocking.