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Sandra Conway

Barróg Shawl Pattern

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Barróg is the Irish word for “hug”, and that is really the perfect description for this shawl. From the moment it was big enough to first drape over my shoulders, I have gotten great comfort from the warmth the shawl has brought me, just like a hug. All of us most likely have had fewer hugs these last few years than we would have liked, even for the resistant hugger among us. That’s why I turned to create this hug in yarn form to fill that void.
The yarn I used has a gorgeous halo, which adds to the coziness of the shawl and gives it an air of luxury as well. It creates the kind of shawl that you could wear to a special occasion to elevate your outfit during colder evenings, but at the same time makes a great casual look as well.


This pattern is a relatively simple lace pattern, with the lace stitches only worked on the RS rows. All WS rows are plain.
I recommend that you are comfortable reading your knitting before tackling this pattern, as the repeats shift back and forth by a stitch at a time throughout the pattern. The ability to read what you have knit in the previous row will give you all the confidence necessary.


There are two sizes to this shawl, Beag (Mór) or Big (Little).
Wingspan 100cm/ 40” (128cm/ 51”)
Depth 50cm/ 20” (65cm/ 26”)


315m/ 345 yards (525m/ 575 yards) of light worsted weight yarn
Sample worked in Concept Cotton Merino by Katia
70% Cotton, 30% Merino Wool
105m/ 115 yards per 50 grams


5 mm/ US size 8 long circular needles, or size required to achieve gauge.


Stitch Markers (2 included in the instructions, but optionally you can mark the pattern repeat with further markers)
Darning Needle


15 sts x 19 rows = 10cm/ 4” in garter stitch after blocking
13 sts x 16 rows = 10cm/ 4” in lace stitch after blocking
For a shawl, the most important thing is that you love the texture of the finished object. Make sure to swatch and use the needle size that gives you your favourite texture, being mindful that this will impact the final yardage your project requires.

Low Vision

The pattern contains a version that is specifically optimized for low vision attributes. It has the following features:
The font is 22pt minimum and all black throughout the pattern.
A sans serif font, with no italics is used.
All instructions are written out.
There is no chart in this version.