The Melian shawl, like its namesake, is simple and timeless. Inspired by the powerful Maia from Tolkien’s Silmarillion who graced the gardens of Lorien with her enchanting music and who ruled the guarded realm of Doriath with her husband Thingol, it is a triangular shawl with a delicate floral lace border that gently fades into swaths of soothing garter stitch, broken by a few slender columns of slipped stitches. Knitted in one solid color or in a fade, it is a wonderfully lightweight shawl that is perfect for cool summer evenings or as a transitional accessory during spring or fall.

Melian Shawl

  • Measurements (easily modifiable)
    Length 81in (206cm)
    Width 38.5in (98cm)


    26 sts x 36 rows = 4in (10cm) in garter worked flat after blocking


    Sample used
    Fiber for the people Merino Singles
    100% SW Merino (437yds 400m, 100g)
    One skein each of
    Color A - Willow
    Color B - Pear
    Color C - Querida
    Color D - Garnet


    To substitute, use
    4 skeins fingering weight yarn


    Note on yardage: see notes on potential modifications for more on yardage needed.


    US 1 (2.25mm) 24in circular needle


    10 stitch markers
    tapestry needle
    blocking supplies


    This pattern has been tech edited and test knit.


    When you purchase the pattern, you will receive the pattern as a PDF file.


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