Mezquita Shawl


The Mezquita Shawl is a beautiful free knitting pattern. This crescent shaped shawl can be wrapped around your neck a few times or held with a shawl stick or pin. The design is a bit more shallow in the crescent and wraps more like a scarf. Of course, it works as a shawl very nicely as well. With such an interesting design and a beautiful colorway, you won't be able to resist this free printable knit shawl pattern. Plus, this pattern only uses one skein of yarn, so you will be finished in no time. The hardest part will be deciding how to wear this showstopper. Knit shawls don't get much better than this.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(1) Super Fine (27-32 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge32 stitches & 24 rows = 4” (blocked stockinette)

Finished Size68” around semi circle by 12” wide

Materials List

  • Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering - Approx. 400 yds (1 skein), Colourway shown: Reach for the Sky
  • US 8 40” circular needles or size to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry Needle, Stitch Markers (optional)

Mezquita Shawl Video Tutorial

Check out this video tutorial to learn how to master the stitch used for the Mezquita Lace Shawl.


Set-Up Rows

1. CO 361 stitches. 2. Purl 1 row.

Knit Chart A next...

  1. Chart A:
    1. Purl all WS (odd) rows.
    2. Lace pattern repeat is outlined in red and will be worked a total of 35 times.
    2. After row 20, you will have 289 stitches on your needle.
    3. Work short rows starting on RS (even) row 22.

    Chart A Written Instructions
    R2 (RS): k1, (yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso, k3, yo, k1) (35 times), yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso, k3, yo, k1
    R4: k1, (yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso, k3, yo, k1) (35 times), yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso, k3, yo, k1
    R6: k1, (yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso, k3, yo, k1) (35 times), yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso, k3, yo, k1
    R8: k1, (yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso, k3, yo, k1) (35 times), yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso, k3, yo, k1
    R10: k1, (yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso, k3, yo, k1) (35 times), yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso, k3, yo, k1
    R12: k2tog, (k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso) (35 times), k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1 k psso
    R14: k2tog, (k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso) (35 times), k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1 k psso
    R16: k2tog, (k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso) (35 times), k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1 k psso
    R18: k2tog, (k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1 k2tog psso) (35 times), k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1 k psso
    R20: k2tog, (k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, sl1 k2tog psso) (35 times), k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, sl1 k psso

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  2. Short Rows

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Continue with short row shaping until you have 233 stitches left on your needle. Bind off on the RS (knit) row. Block your shawl and wear proudly!


yarn over
knit 2 together
purl 2 together
slip 1
pass slipped stitch over
sl1 k2tog psso
slip one, k2tog, psso k2tog
slip, slip, knit (slip one stitch as if to knit, slip another stitch as if to knit, insert left-hand needle into front of these 2 stitches and knit them together
right side
wrong side
k, p
knit, purl

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I think this should be done on a US 6 needle, not 8. 8 maybe in Europe. And it would have been helpful if you had said that row 23 was not part of the pattern. That really threw me off for a while. The pattern for the short rows is in multiples of 8. Add 8 to each row, knit or pearl. Makes a lovely shawl.

Sorry, can't agree with anything you've stated here. The knitting needle size used will be dependent upon obtaining gauge, not what area of the world you live in. The short row shaping is definitely part of the pattern and is not divisible by anything, each row in short row shaping is typically different, that is the point of it, you will not have to add anything to it at all, if the pattern is followed specifically line by line, all will be well.

short row instructions after row 27 it says'"continue to work short rows as established." I do not understand please explain this, yes, I have consulted youtube and google I need specific explanation pertaining to this pattern instruction please.

Short rows are an advanced technique in knitting used to shape garments, but it is easy to learn. For short rows you will only work the stitches indicated in the instructions, in this case 150 stitches, you will turn your work after that and work back the other way, leaving the rest of the stitches unworked, until they are eventually worked back into the pattern. So, follow each line of the instructions carefully and only work the stitches on the needle as specified and you will be fine. Hope this helps, happy knitting.

Do not understand how rows 2 thru 20 decrease any stitches? Pattern indicates after row 20 should have 72 stitches less than 361 289??? thanks for your time to respond!

nm.. finally realized all 72 sts are decreased in row 20

How can I print this pattern. ..cant find a link to do so

I don't understand the instructions for "short rows." For example, Row 22 says to k150, turn. does this mean to knit 150, turn the ones you just knitted and go back over them for row 23 (p11, turn)? So all of these rows are knitted on just the first 150 from row 22? What are we supposed to do with the rest of the stitches on the needles? the ones that we're not knitting and turning? I don't even understand the questions I'm asking! -) The picture doesn't show this part of the scarf. Help!

I'm really stumped here! I would hate to have to unravel what I've done just because I can't understand the instructions. I would also love to give this pattern more stars, because it really is attractive and easy, up to the short row part.

Short rows are a type of knitting that literally mean you are only knitting part of a row and turning your work leaving stitches unworked on the left needle. In this case you are knitting 150 stitches simply means turn your work and go back in the middle of a row. This is what will create the fancy points on this garment continue to do this as instructed eventually all stitches will be incorporated back into the pattern. It's a very advanced technique that requires skill and concentration to complete. There are a lot of youtube video's online that show how to do this.

Can someone tell me what (35 6mes) means in the written pattern?

i haven't tried it, but based on a previous line in the description, it is probably a typo should read (repeat) "35 times. Then you would have the correct number of total stitches for the row.

Tyvm....thought it may have been a typo but I am somewhat of a novice and wanted to be sure it wasn't some new abbreviation for a skill I have not learned yet

Hello K1P1! Yes, that is a typo in the pattern. The written instructions have been corrected. Sorry for the confusion! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Mezquita Shawl is lovely. Impossible to read chart for pattern or short rows. Where can I get that information? Please e-mail?

try this..then print it Good luck! http// == ita-shawl-short-rowsExtraLarge700ID-1788883.png?v= == 1788883

Hello ridiculosity 67303 43! If you click on the charts, you will be able to view an enlarged version. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Tried this craft? What did you think?


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