Alera Shawl, a Free Triangle Crochet Shawl Pattern

The Alera Shawl is a triangular crochet shawl inspired by the Codex Alera book series by Jim Butcher. This is a fantasy series of six books. This pattern was originally a part of my 2021 Codex Alera Crochet Along. Sadly, you’ve missed being a part of that, but you can still enjoy the free pattern and read the book that inspired it’s design as we did for the CAL!

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The Alera Shawl is an asymmetric triangle shawl that begins at one pointed end and increases to the opposite side. It transitions through three different stitch patterns, each with it’s own unique texture. This design was inspired by a particular clothing item in Furies of Calderon, the first book in the Codex Alera series. Read the book and see if you can guess which one! You can see some of the textures in the shawl close up in the picture below.

The difficulty level of the pattern is Easy+. The finished measurements are about 19 1/2″ deep x 67″ long.

Close up of red crochet shawl with gold leather braid shawl cuff. Codex Alera CAL with Banana Moon Studio and Ancient Arts Yarn.

The pattern takes two skeins of Oasis Sport from Ancient Arts Yarn. You can use any available color, however, if you want your shawl to feel true to the book, you will want to use the color Syrah, as I did. Order your yarn here If you prefer to work with stash yarn you’ll want 700 yds of a thinner sport weight yarn that is as close to 80% Merino and 20% Baby Camel as possible.

**A note about yarn substitutions. Ancient Arts Yarn Oasis Sport qualifies as a sport weight because of its ratio of length to weight. However, when I measured wraps per inch I found that it was the same thickness as a lot of fingering weight yarns. So if you decide to substitute with a different sport weight yarn, you may not be able to match my gauge unless you go down 2 or 3 hook sizes, which would make a very stiff fabric, which would be undesirable for a shawl. So, I suggest you sub with a fingering weight yarn, or, if you use a sport weight, don’t plan to match my gauge. Use a hook that gives you a nice fabric, maybe a G, maybe even an H. Your shawl will be bigger than mine. It will require more yardage than mine, but it will have nice drape, and that’s important.

You will also need a G (4 mm) crochet hook, or whichever size allows you to match my gauge (or produce a nice fabric, as explained above), and a yarn needle.

The pattern is available free here on my blog, but if you want a PDF so that you can print or save it, you can purchase that on Ravelry, Etsy, or LoveCrafts.

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And as you crochet the Alera Shawl, why not read or listen to the book that inspired it?! Get Furies of Calderon, the first book in the series, with my Amazon affiliate link right here.

Do you like the look of the shawl cuff I wore with my Alera Shawl? The cuff was made by Knox Mountain Knit Co and you can get your own on their Etsy site.

Gold braided leather shawl cuff with snaps on a red shawl and white lace background. Banana Moon Studio stitch marker and button. Knox Mountain Knit Co. business card.

Alera Shawl, a Free Triangle Crochet Shawl Pattern

By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Difficulty Level Easy+

Finished Measurements About 19 ½ inches deep x 67 inches long.

Yarn Ancient Arts Yarn Oasis Sport (80% Extra Fine Merino, 20% Baby Camel; 350 yds / 320 m; 3.5 oz / 100 g; weight: 2/Fine): Syrah, 2 skeins.

Hook G/6 (4 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions Yarn needle

Gauge 21 sts x 10 rows = About 4 inches in dc.

Notes The shawl begins at one corner and works toward the opposite edge, increasing on one side and slightly decreasing on the other.

Abbreviations Used

ch = chain

sk = skip

st = stitch

dc = double crochet

rem = remaining

dc2tog = double crochet two stitches together

EFPdc = extended front post double crochet

dc2tog = double crochet two stitches together

EBPdc = extended back post double crochet

rep = repeat

Special Stitches

EFPdc Yo, insert hook around post of designated st starting on the front side of fabric, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) 2 times.

EBPdc Yo, insert hook around post of designated st starting on the back side of fabric, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) 2 times.

Shawl

Double Crochet Section

Find a helpful video tutorial for this section here.

Ch 4

Row 1 Sk first 2 chs (does not count as a st), dc in rem 2 chs, turn — 2 sts

Row 2 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc across, turn — 3 sts.

Row 3 Ch 2, dc in each st to last st, 2 dc in last st, turn — 4 sts.

Row 4 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in each st to last 2 sts, dc2tog over last 2 sts, turn — 4 sts.

Row 5 Ch 2, dc in each st to last st, 2 dc in last st, turn — 5 sts.

Repeat Rows 2-5 for pattern

Work in pattern for a total of 103 rows — 79 sts.

Textured Section

You can find a helpful tutorial video for this section here.

Row 1 (RS) Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in next 4 sts, *EFPdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, dc2tog over last 2 sts, turn — 79 sts.

Row 2 Ch 2, dc in first 7 sts, *EBPdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across, one additional dc in last st, turn — 80 sts.

Row 3 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, EFPdc in next 2 sts, *dc in next 6 sts, EFPdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across, to last 5 sts, dc in last 5 sts, turn — 81 sts.

Row 4 Ch 2, dc in first 5 sts, *EBPdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 4 sts, EBPdc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in last st, turn — 82 sts.

Row 5 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, *EFPdc in next 6 sts**, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 3 sts, ending last rep at **, dc in next st, dc2tog over last 2 sts, turn — 82 sts.

Row 6 Ch 2, dc in first 2 sts, *EBPdc in next 6 sts**, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, ending last rep at **, dc in next st, 2 dc in last st, turn — 83 sts.

Row 7 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in next 4 sts, *EFPdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 6 sts, EFPdc in next 5 sts, dc in last st, turn — 84 sts.

Row 8 Ch 2, dc in first st, EBPdc in next 5 sts, *dc in next 6 sts, EBPdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 6 sts, dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in last st, turn — 85 sts.

Row 9 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, EFPdc in next 2 sts, *dc in next 6 sts**, EFPdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 4 sts, ending last rep at **, EFPdc in next 2 sts, dc2tog over last 2 sts, turn — 85 sts.

Row 10 Ch 2, dc in first st, EBPdc in next 2 sts, *dc in next 6 sts**, EBPdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 4 sts, ending last rep at **, EBPdc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in last st, turn — 86 sts.

Row 11 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, *EFPdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last st, dc in last st, turn — 87 sts.

Row 12 Ch 2, dc in first st, *dc in next 6 sts, EBPdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in last st, turn — 88 sts.

Row 13 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in next 4 sts, *EFPdc in next 6 sts**, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 5 sts, ending last rep at **, dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog over last 2 sts, turn — 88 sts.

Row 14 Ch 2, dc in first 4 sts, *EBPdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across, one additional dc in last st, turn — 89 sts.

Row 15 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, EFPdc in next 2 sts, *dc in next 6 sts, EFPdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn — 90 sts.

Row 16 Ch 2, dc in first 2 sts, *EBPdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 4 sts, EBPdc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in last st, turn — 91 sts.

Row 18 Ch 2, dc in first st, EBPdc in next 4 sts, *dc in next 6 sts, EBPdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in last st, turn — 92 sts.

Row 19 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in next 4 sts, *EFPdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 3 sts, EFPdc in next 2 sts, dc in last st, turn — 93 sts.

Row 20 Ch 2, dc in first st, EBPdc in next 2 sts, *dc in next 6 sts, EBPdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 6 sts, dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in last st, turn — 94 sts.

Row 21 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, EFPdc in next 2 sts, *dc in next 6 sts, EFPdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 7 sts, dc in next 5 sts, dc2tog over last 2 sts, turn — 94 sts.

Row 22 Ch 2, dc in first 6 sts, *EBPdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 4 sts, EBPdc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in last st, turn — 95 sts.

Row 23 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, *EFPdc in next 6 sts**, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 4 sts, ending last rep at **, dc in last 4 sts, turn — 96 sts.

Row 24 Ch 2, dc in first 4 sts, *EBPdc in next 6 sts**, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, ending last rep at **, dc in next st, 2 dc in last st, turn — 97 sts.

Row 25 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in next 4 sts, *EFPdc in next 6 sts**, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, ending last rep at **, dc2tog over last 2 sts, turn — 97 sts.

Row 26 Ch 2, dc in first st, *EBPdc in next 6 sts, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across, 1 additional dc in last st, turn — 98 sts.

Row 27 Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, EFPdc in next 2 sts, *dc in next 6 sts**, EFPdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 5 sts, ending last rep at **, EFPdc in next 4 sts, dc in last st, turn — 99 sts.

Row 28 Ch 2, dc in first st, EBPdc in next 4 sts, *dc in next 6 sts**, EBPdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * across to last 4 sts, ending last rep at **, EBPdc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in last st, turn — 100 sts.

V-st section

Find a helpful how-to video for this section here.

Note When working the first row of v-st 2 dc will be placed together in the same st with a st skipped between each group of 2. Each group of 2 dc counts as a v-st. In additional rows of v-st, each set of 2 dc will be worked into the space between the 2 dc of the v-st below. The dc themselves will be skipped, in other words, no stitches will be worked into their tops, except where the instructions state otherwise.

Row 1 (RS) Ch 2, 2 dc in first st (v-st made), *sk next st, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * across to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in last st, turn — 100 sts.

Row 2 Ch 2, 2 dc in first v-st, *sk 2 dc, 2 dc in next v-st, repeat from * across, after working 2 dc in last v-st, dc in last dc of last v-st, turn — 101 sts.

Row 3 Ch 2, 2 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next v-st, *sk 2 dc, 2 dc in next v-st, repeat from * across to last v-st, dc in last v-st, dc in last dc, turn — 102 sts.

Row 4 Ch 2, 2 dc between first 2 dc, *sk 2 dc, 2 dc in next v-st, repeat from * across, after working 2 dc in last v-st, dc in last dc of last v-st, turn — 103 sts.

Row 5 Ch 2, 2 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next v-st, *sk 2 dc, 2 dc in next v-st, repeat from * across to last v-st, dc2tog over 2 dc of last v-st, turn — 103 sts.

Row 6 Ch 2, dc in first st, sk 1 dc, 2 dc in next v-st, *sk 2 dc, 2 dc in next v-st, repeat from * across, after working 2 dc in last v-st, dc in last dc of last v-st, turn — 104 sts.

Row 7 Ch 2, 2 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next v-st, *sk 2 dc, 2 dc in next v-st, repeat from * across to last st, dc in last st, turn — 105 sts.

Row 8 Repeat Row 6 — 106 sts.

Row 9 Repeat Row 3 — 106 sts.

Row 10 Repeat Row 4 — 107 sts.

Row 11 Repeat Row 9 — 108 sts.

Row 12 Repeat Row 4 — 109 sts. Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block. Enjoy!

Asymmetric triangular red shawl held up by a woman in a black t-shirt and blue jeans. She is standing in the woods. Codex Alera CAL 2021 with Banana Moon Studio

Happy crocheting everyone!

April

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