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Blanchefleur Shawl knitting pattern

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This triangular shawl begins with a garter tab cast on and works its way out from the center, increasing every other row for a symmetrical shawl. Two stitch patterns are used in the body of the shawl, one of which has a “faux nupp.” Then, using a different color, a knitted on border is added to the shawl. Pattern includes both written directions as well as charts for the lace.


Lazy Cat Yarn Indulgence (80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 400 yds/366 m per 100 g skein); 2 skeins; sample uses colorway Persephone’s Temptation for body and Don’t Blink for border

or 400 yds (366 m) of fingering weight yarn in body color and 250 yds (229 m) in border color (such as Round Table Yarns Camelot)


US 5 (3.75 mm) 32" (80 cm) or longer circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
2 stitch markers


27 stitches and 32 rows over 4" (10 cm) in stockinette

Finished Measurements

53" (135 cm) on long edge, 37" (94 cm) on short edges, and 26" (66 cm) from point to edge

Printing Details

The pattern has been professionally printed on 100# text stock and uses saddle stitch binding (folded and stapled). The size of the pattern is letter size (8 1/2" x 11"), and the pattern is 12 pages long.

Electronic PDF Version Included

On the print copy of the pattern, you'll find a sticker with a coupon code. Enter that coupon code on Ravelry and a PDF version of the pattern will be added to your Ravelry library. That way if you ever lose the print copy, the pattern will still be available to you. If you just want the electronic version of the pattern, you can purchase it on Ravelry here.

Photos copyright Karen Robinson. Pattern layout by Elizabeth Green of Stitch Definition.

The Story Behind the Pattern Name

The story of Fleur (“belonging to the flower”) and Blanchefleur (“white flower”) has both an Old French and a Middle English version, which differ in some respects from one another but the basic story is the same. Fleur is the son of the Muslim King of Spain and Blanchefleur is the daughter of a Christian woman who had been captured by the King (her husband had died and the pregnant widow was on a pilgrimage when captured). The two children are raised together and have a very close relationship which blossoms into love. But the Muslim king does not want his son to marry a Christian woman, so he sells her to an emir in another land and tells Fleur that Blanchefleur has died. Fleur learns the truth and goes to rescue Blanchefleur: she is about to become the next wife of the emir, who remarries each year after killing his previous wife. Fleur does make it to Blanchefleur, but they are caught by the emir. However, after learning of the strength of their love and their willingness to die for one another, the emir lets both of them go. They return to Fleur’s home – the king has died while Fleur was gone – marry, and rule the kingdom together.

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