In the Regency Era and well beyond, through the Romantic, Victorian, and Edwardian eras, a shawl was imperative in every lady’s wardrobe. Not only did it protect their “fragile constitutions” from the draftiness of their houses and the sudden chilly breezes on their long walks, but it was a highly desirable feminine accessory. You may not be able to buy a paisley or silk stole, but with a luscious sport-weight alpaca yarn and this PDF pattern, you can make yourself a good substitute! The “Fleur-de-Lis Stole” is luxury itself, with a generous length for the classical Regency drape, and the combination of fleur-de-lis (a popular motif of the time) and a striking edging of fans and tassels.

Fit to wear to a costume ball, it’s also light and warm and practical, easy to wrap around your arms or shoulders when the evening grows chill. It’s crocheted in short rows with the fleur-de-lis staggered in rows separated by an easy chain mesh and no separate edging except at each end. It works up quickly; special stitches are clearly explained. Skill level: intermediate. Designed by Kristen Stoltzfus of Joys in Stitches just for Sense & Sensibility customers.


Note for European and Australian customers: Some crocheting terms are different from the US. Thanks to customer Antonia L, who shared a great link to translate terms from American to British (also used in AUS): http://crochet.about.com/od/conversioncharts/a/termtranslate.htm.

18 comments on “Fleur de Lis Shawl ePattern”

  1. can you suggest an alternative to the alpaca? I can only use cotton or acrylic, which I know may not be authentic to the era, but my allergies do not allow anything else. Thank you!

    • Hi, Kathleen! Here’s what Kristen recommends:

      An alternative fiber to the alpaca would be a sport weight cotton blend, or for a little more money, a silk blend. Silk and cotton were both used for shawls in the 1800s, so even though it might not be authentic to use cotton or silk yarn, the actual fibers are authentic. For quality, silk would be the best because it has a better sheen and will turn out looking more upscale and classy; depending on the cotton, that may also have a nice sheen–especially when using a dark color. A sport weight acrylic will usually be the cheapest, however, and in a dark color should look fine. It won’t have the quality of touch as alpaca, cotton, or silk, but unless period correctness is paramount, it should work well and certainly will care easier.

      A good place for her to start looking would be http://www.anniesattic.com, under their Yarn, Weight 2-Fine section. The selection of non-wool sport weight yarn is pretty good, and the prices are reasonable.

    • Just so you know, I’m pretty sure that alpaca is listed as hypo-allergenic.It is quite different from other fibers. Just make sure it is all alpaca.

  2. That is lovely. Accessories are so often a forgotten part of the feminine wardrobe. I would love to see more (especially knitted fancies!)

  3. For those interested in the Georgian and Regency Eras and whom are interested in strict historical accuracy, the first known crochet pattern is from 1819 in Holland, so strictly speaking, crochet was unlikely to be known in England until the Regency was over.
    Also, I would use a lace weight yarn for this pattern- the pattern will be smaller and must be adjusted for number of base stitches, but will give a much finer lace pattern for evening wear.

    • Thanks for the note! Kristin knows crochet wasn’t around in the early Regency–but the shawl looks so pretty with dresses from this time period that we added it in. šŸ˜‰ Great idea for the lighter weight yarn!

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